West Hartford Residents Help Frame Vision for New Park Avenue Corridor

By Ronni Newton | We-Ha | West Hartford News

The public input phase of a planning study for West Hartford’s New Park Avenue got underway Tuesday with the sharing of ideas that will be used to frame future improvements to the streetscape. Possible amendments to the area’s zoning ordinance will also be considered as part of the study.

Town Planner Todd Dumais said that throughout the day at least 40 people had attended the workshop which was held from 2 – 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Elmwood Community Center. Town Engineer Dwayne Martin, representatives from consultant Fuss & O’Neill, and members of a technical advisory committee that includes participants from the Elmwood Business Association, Home Design District, and CTfastrak were also on hand for the workshop.

“What we’ve been hearing from people is that the area is not pedestrian friendly, there’s no place to ride a bike, and there’s not a sense of unity,” Dumais said of the critical feedback that had been received.

The study is focused specifically on New Park Avenue, from New Britain Avenue to the Hartford line, and the the ultimate goal is “to enhance transit supportive standards for Transit Oriented Development land uses and improve inter- and intra-town pedestrian and bicycle access and connectivity to the Flatbush Avenue and Elmwood CTfastrak Stations.”

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