The third phase of Long Hill Green Village District Improvements are slated to begin on or around July 22, 2021 and will continue into August. Minimal disruption for residents, businesses, and visitors is expected, as the majority of work will occur directly on the green space. Grant funding from the State of Connecticut, Department of Housing, Main Street Improvement Program will be utilized for the improvements that include clearing and greenscaping portions of the Green to enhance the safety, usability, and aesthetics of the area. Currently, there are a number of plantings, lights, and structures that are old, broken, or in disrepair. The clearing, filling, and seeding will improve sightlines and make the area more usable for the community.
The World War I Memorial will remain on the Long Hill Green but will be located to a more suitable spot for safe gathering. The Chester Main dedication plaque will also remain but will be raised to grade in order to make it more visible. On December 15, 1957, Assistant Chief Chester J. Main was working to decorate the tree on Long Hill Green for the Annual Tree Lighting along with Firefighters Art Knapp, Ben Cavaliere, and Paul Provenzano. The members had raised a ladder, which they were climbing to hang lights, when they came in contact with the power lines and he was electrocuted and ultimately passed away from his injuries.
The phase 3 improvements will not be the final improvements for the area. Additional funding is being pursued to add enhancements such as a stonewall, and to further regrade the Green area and add plantings. The installation of a traffic light and additional sidewalk connections are funded and in final design. Construction will be out to bid for those improvements in 2021.
All of the improvements to the area are being guided by the Long Hill Green District Improvement Plan, developed in 2018 with broad community input. Previous improvements in Phases 1 and 2 included the installation of a right hand turn lane at the Whitney Avenue and Main Street intersection, the relocation of parking, and patio green infrastructure enhancements in front of Franco Gianni’s and Mici Asian Bistro, and the sidewalk connection down Whitney Avenue to Dunellen Road.
For more information on the Long Hill Green District improvements please contact William Maurer, Town Engineer at email@example.com or Rina Bakalar, Economic and Community Development Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.