Halls Road, our central commercial center, has developed haphazardly over many years. It is inhospitable to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, portions of it are esthetically unattractive or looking tired, and residents currently have to leave town to seek products or services they cannot obtain locally. If nothing is done, we are concerned that the business environment will deteriorate, businesses will close, and even fewer goods and services will be available. With thoughtful planning and inducements, we should be able to:
- Improve the business environment, thereby assisting existing businesses, attracting new ones, and growing and diversifying the tax base;
- Create a physically-attractive neighborhood, safe and inviting for pedestrians and bicyclists;
- Stimulate the development of housing that is inviting to down-sizing residents and to young folks wanting to move to town; and iv. provide public spaces for civic events and recreation.
The ultimate objective is to create a vibrant town center that has more to offer the citizens of Old Lyme and is one we can be proud of.