Downtown Meriden is reinventing itself! An expansive green, a newly opened CT Rail stop, and hundreds of units of fresh housing are just the beginning of what’s planned to bring new lustre to the Silver City. It’s all part of an initiative called Making Meriden, designed to promote downtown Meriden as prosperous, walkable, clean and safe. David Cooley, Meriden’s Downtown Business Concierge and Manager of the Making Meriden Business Center says of the location, “The bones are in place, now we just have to reinject the soul.”
In addition to the mixed-use housing (including a percent of affordable units) already going up and walk-up access to a five-dollar train ride to Hartford or New Haven for business commuters, Cooley foresees a thriving city center just around the corner. This will include a mix of arts, retail, businesses and music to, as Cooley says, “create a sense of place.”
Businesses already in proximity to the green have begun to revitalize their exteriors; and new businesses have moved into the area and rehabilitated abandoned properties. Making Meriden is also working with budding entrepreneurs to not only to help build their business skills, but to plant the seed for a presence downtown once their dreams get off the ground.
Liberty Bank was just one of several financial (or in-kind) supporters that contributed to the launch of Making Meriden, including MEDCO, TD Bank, Eversource, the Midstate Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center, and the CT Main Street Center.
Want to get in out the ‘ground floor’? The Making Meriden Center office at 5 Colony St. is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday and by appointment. Visitors to the center will have access to maps, a list of available properties for lease or for sale, and information on the incentives and other programs available for business expansion and new business development.