Hotel and arts site are economic goals

A hotel in Ridgefield’s village and an ‘arts space’ for creative workers are goals the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) is pursuing.

“The ECDC continues to work with a private developer on site selection for a boutique hotel in the village,” said commission member John Devine. “We believe that it is needed to market the many events in Ridgefield to far-reaching geographies, particularly New York City. It will also be a great asset for Lounsbury House for weddings and enable them to pursue weekday day corporate retreats that include dining in our many restaurants and lodging.”

The arts space is something the ECDC is pursuing in collaboration with the Ridgefield Arts Council.

“The Arts Council has identified the potential need for commercial rental space for artists in our community,” Devine said. “It could include the visual arts — painting and sculpting, performing arts — studio space, a gallery, and an ECDC objective to include the digital arts for graphic designers.”

To gage size, the arts council plans to do a survey.

“If there is sufficient interest, the ECDC will facilitate and research the financials for a private, commercial development,” Devine said. “We feel that this type of facility will be synergistic with our strength as a community that has an abundance of residents that are involved in the arts.”

Progress on the hotel and arts space are on the agenda for discussion at the ECDC’s meeting, Monday, Dec. 3, starting at 6:30 in the small conference room in town hall’s lower level.

The arts council is scheduled to meet the same night, at 7:30, next door in town hall’s large lower level conference room.