The reason for the lack of a specific property this week is a flub on my part, but one that stands to work out pretty well for the city. I'd intended to ask your suggestions for 130 Bank Street, which is vacant but for some architectural drawings in the window, but it seems things have long been brewing (ha!) with that property. The drawings show what a Harp & Dragon would look like, and the long-term plan for the structure aims to introduce a second location of Norwich's popular Irish bar to the downtown scene. The initial plan back in the summer of 2010 was an opening during the 2010-2011 winter, so it may have been a little optimistic. But the building hasn't changed hands since the Capano family - owners of the Harp & Dragon - bought it two years ago. So I wouldn't count them out just yet.
Instead, I'd be interested to see a conversation in the comments about where development in the city would do the most good. The New London Development Corporation (now the Renaissance City Development Association) , and members placed emphasis on how the rehabilitation of run-down residences can help revitalize neighborhoods as a whole. Plans are also moving forward for residential development at Fort Trumbull, with the Yale Urban Design Workshop .
There has been discussion about keeping the downtown business district vibrant, but Hodges Square also came up frequently during the election. Several businesses on the outskirts of town have also moved away, most notably the Coca-Cola Bottling Company.
Where do you think new businesses and development in New London would do the most good? Let us know in the comments, and take the poll as well!