ADA study: Envisioning accessibility for all

The groundwork for mapping out the road to a more fully accessible Ridgefield has started. Work on the town’s “transition plan” for handicapped accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was begun this week by the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD), a Boston-based organization that specializes in “human-centered or universal design that works seamlessly for people with disabilities … read more

Red Day: Keller Williams helps repaint benches in downtown Ridgefield

Keller Williams Realty has closed all its offices around the globe Thursday, May 10, as part of the annual RED Day initiative aimed to give back to local communities. Mark Giumarra, Silvano Senzamici, and Maureen Culhane of North Point Properties in Redding helped paint 35 benches in downtown Ridgefield, while others collected food donations in front Keller Williams’ Ridgefield office. … read more

Spring Stroll 2018: ‘It’s time to get back into town’

After a lengthy winter hibernation, Ridgefielders must be anxious to stretch their legs on Main Street and see what’s new in the village. Downtown Ridgefield merchants will be waiting for them with open arms — and doors — this weekend when the annual Spring Stroll takes over town Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. “I think everyone … read more

Mafia blocks: Can Ridgefield finally rid itself of these pieces of concrete?

Traffic flow and ease of parking downtown could be improved by removal of the huge cement blocks — long called “mafia blocks” — that sit atop the driveway connecting the Yankee Ridge parking lot to other lots behind commercial buildings on the east side of Main Street. “That would do a tremendous amount to improve the flow,” First Selectman Rudy … read more

Turn lanes, trees, lights, parking: State outlines Main Street plans

Sidewalks lined with shops, shaded by trees, welcoming strollers and shoppers, but split by an unrelenting line of cars, backed up, waiting at lights — people appreciate Main Street, and know its challenges at the wrong time of day. Nearly all agree on the goal of preserving the village as a thriving, pedestrian-friendly commercial district. A $3.15-million Main Street renovation … read more

Ancona's grand opening Saturday to benefit RVNA

Mitch Ancona, owner of Ancona’s Wines & Liquors in Branchville and Wilton, has opened his third store in Ridgefield, at 17B Governor Street. A grand opening celebration will be held on Saturday, March 31, beginning at 10 a.m. and will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce, tastings from various winemakers, champagne sabering demonstrations (Ancona is the former … read more

Main Street meeting in ‘the annex’ tonight

State plans to smooth and calm traffic flow on Main Street while adding pedestrian-friendly amenities will be outlined and explained by state planners this evening. A state Department of Transportation (DOT) public information meeting is scheduled tonight, Thursday, March 22, in the town hall annex. An “open forum for individual discussion with department officials” starts at 6:30 p.m., with a … read more

State’s Main Street plans will get March 22 hearing

Improvements to Main Street — the state’s plans to realign the CVS driveway with Prospect Street, add “bump-outs” at crosswalks, replace some trees, repave — will be put before townspeople in two weeks. A public hearing is planned Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the school board meeting room at the town hall annex. “We needed a venue that … read more

First-floor retail: ‘Service businesses’ could have upside on Main Street

Will “e-tailing” erode commerce at brick-and-mortar stores in ways that change the face of Ridgefield’s Main Street? Is it shortsighted to view “service businesses,” like salons and studios, as problematic because they aren’t traditional retailers? The value of “first-floor retail” tenants to Main Street has long been a widely accepted article of faith among town officials. Many seek ways to … read more

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