THE DAY (January 24, 2019) — City officials might not like the state’s idea of installing several roundabouts along Route 82-West Main Street, but city officials were pleased to learn they have received a $400,000 grant to design a roundabout at Franklin Square that would allow two-way traffic in all directions at the key downtown junction.
The State Bond Commission approved funding for the Community Connectivity Program grant at its Dec. 11 meeting, “so your application for the Community Connectivity Grant Program has been approved,” said a Jan. 18 letter from state Department of Transportation Assistant Planning Director Colleen A. Kissane to Mayor Peter Nystrom.
The project calls for eliminating the confusing current traffic arrangement, which has vehicles entering Franklin Street heading north from Main Street along two one-way strips, one from the east and the other from the west.
But southbound traffic on Franklin — opened to two-way traffic in May 2017 — must stop and turn right onto Bath Street and wind its way back to Main Street along lower Broadway.
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January 16, 2019 — In his State of the City address two weeks ago, Mayor Peter Nystrom asked aldermen to keep Saturdays open for promised workshops on economic development issues.
The first of those sessions has been scheduled for Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Foundry 66 headquarters of the Norwich Community Development Corp., 66 Franklin St. The second session will be held Feb. 23, also at Foundry 66. The workshops are open to the public.
Saturday’s agenda starts with a review of key economic development issues, including information from economists, followed by a discussion entitled “We are surrounded by HUGE Developments.”
Discussions on revitalization of “an old city” and blighted, vacant buildings and a review of the city’s infrastructure also are on Saturday’s agenda…. CLICK HERE to read more.
Norwich – Mayor Peter Nystrom warned fellow members of the City Council Monday to “keep your weekends open” for council workshops on issues including reviving his proposed economic development bond, creating a charter revision commission and discussions on waterfront development.
Nystrom delivered his sixth State of the City address as mayor Monday, mixing a celebration of development accomplishments over the past year with calls for city leaders to work together on development issues in the year ahead.
“It should be noted that change through economic development is a long-term proposition that takes focused teamwork and dedication to implement and benefit from,” Nystrom said. “We have a talented team of professionals, passionate and dedicated leadership, a highly flexible and resourceful utility, and, a community ready to embrace change.”
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