With an old plan dusted off and ready for reconsideration, town officials here are mapping out their next steps when it comes to the trying to determine how to revitalize of the former Ames Headquarters_ property on Main Street.
Trying to position the property to be attractive to developers, even at the $7.5 million price tag, the Redevelopment Agency, at the behest of Ray Carpentino, the town's economic development coordinator, has gone to the vault to reopen the case involving this property. Since the plan's reinstatement, Carpentino has begun to work with Haven LLC to solicit proposals and cost quotes from developers.
Several residents applauded Carpentino for getting things going again with the property.
If you could share an idea with Carpentino about what should be done with the property, what would you say? Should it be transformed into a park? Should it be the next home of a Whole Foods Market? How about a mixed-use space with a movie theater?
These are just some of the ideas shared by Rocky Hill Patch readers through the site and through the Facebook page. Here are some snippets of those posts:
On Facebook, Jaime Carter Green suggested an indoor farmers market a couple days a week and a place for community events.
A couple people posted on the Rocky Hill Patch Facebook page and on the site that they're interested in something or someone will create a space for younger Rocky Hill residents to hang out.
And Facebook friend Allison St. Pierre, is of the opinion that "not one penny" should be spent on the site unless the town is going to increase its financial support of the local school system.
What do you think would best benefit the Rocky Hill community? And why? Please share your opinions about this key issue in town in the comments below!