An architect with experience in marketing and also teaching, Cameron Cole Carcelen, has joined Ridgefield’s Economic and Community Development Commission (EDCD).
“I’m also a landlord in town, and a mom with two kids in the school system,” Carcelen told the Board of Selectmen.
“She has an architecture background and a bit of a marketing background. We feel she could be real asset,” Arnold Light, chairman of the ECDC, told the selectmen.
Light said he thought Carcelen’s professional experience could be valuable in the town’s efforts to foster redevelopment in the Branchville area under a Transit Oriented Development grant from the state. The town received the grant a couple of years ago and has been working on the project with the state and the Western Connecticut Council of Governments, the area’s regional planning agency.
“Transit oriented development is something I’ve studied and something I really believe in,” Carcelen said. “...I’m really excited about getting involved in the Branchville project.”
Carcelen, who replaces former ECDC member Karen Sulzinsky, has been to a couple of meetings already. She told the selectmen she’d enjoyed them.
“It’s been such a refreshing, wonderful surprise to get to know the people on the ECDC,” she said. “They’re wonderful people.”
Before voting her onto the ECDC at their June 5 meeting, the selectmen wondered if, with a job and kids in school, she’d have time to go to the required night meetings?
“Yes,” Carcelen said. “We busy people understand we have to make time for the things we think are important.”