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Brookfield officials get update on streetscape grant progress

A special town meeting in Brookfield has been held about streetscaping.  Brookfield is now competing against other projects from across the state for grant funding.  After extensive review by the Western Connecticut Council of Governments, the Brookfield streetscape Phase IV was voted the top project in the region. 

Town officials applied for a grant through WestCOG to pay for 80% of Phase IV, which will run from the intersection at the gas stations all the way up to Newbury Village. They plan to start this project in spring of 2021. 

The Brookfield Zoning Commission recently voted to codify all of the streetscape design amenities.  Project Manager Greg Dembowski says that was important so that any commercial development in this zone would have to match the amenities done in Phase I. 

Two commercial developments proposed in the Phase IV area, Green Acres and the Enclave, have 600 liner feet of roadway frontage.  The Enclave will be completed before the streetscaping project is done.  A Special Town Meeting will be held to approve the proposed TAP grant amount of $2.4 Million.  A town match of up to 20% is required, with the amount not to exceed $480,000. 

The Selectmen forwarded an 8-24 Referral to the Planning Commission for the proposed Streetscape Phase IV  Project.  Dembowski says the $2.4 million grant does not allow for streetscaping in that 600 feet of roadway.  If the development falls through or streetscaping gets ahead of the Enclave, Brookfield officials will either have to seek more money or not do streetscaping in that section. 

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