TOWN PLANNING & URBAN DESIGN
Goodspeed Station, Haddam, CT
A proposal for a new mixed-use village, overlooking the Connecticut River, Goodspeed Opera House and the Swingbridge. The heart of the Village would be a Square, or Piazza, with a new theater at the head of the axis, and a direct view of the majestic Goodspeed Opera House as the terminus of the view. A new railroad station, new theater, new boutique hotel and improved riverboat dock would all energize the existing tourism industry of the area.
Planning For Economic Development
In the early 1990s, Haddam began to feel development pressures, while at the same time there was a total lack of planning being done. Infrastrucure was neglected and zoning regulations were outdated, reflecting suburban models for use in the villages.
We proposed a planning study to address these issues, and we secured the funding for the study by writing a successful grant proposal to the State. After 5 years of presentations, workshops and puclic information sessions, our work was part of a comprehensive economic development report which included water and sewer studies and market research analyses.