Letter: Not your ordinary lost cat

As I was going on my daily jog around downtown Ridgefield this morning, I noticed a very unusual poster plasters up and down Main Street, at first I believed it was just a missing cat but upon further inspection I realized that it was the cartoon character Garfield. To be truly honest this little funny joke made my whole day … read more

Route 7 detours set to return this weekend

A scad-zillion or so more cars drove through town, but this weekend’s detour traffic didn’t seem to translate into people stopping and spending money — some local businesses found the opposite effect. And the detour — accommodating a bridge reconstruction project in Branchville by sending all Route 7 traffic through the center of Ridgefield via Route 102 and Route 35 … read more

First-floor retail: Incentives, not regulations

A thriving village with shoppers, families milling around, and convenient parking — the dream for a small retailer looking to set up shop. But is that what Ridgefield is currently offering? According to downtown landlords, not exactly. “By putting in a regulation forcing people [landlords] to try to find people [retail renters], I think it’s counterproductive,” said Wayne Biddle, owner … read more

Ridgefield Gone Country sets record with 6,000 attendees (SLIDESHOW)

[wide][/wide] The rain held off long enough for the Ridgefield Rotary Club and Lounsbury House to enjoy a record-setting weekend with the annual Ridgefield Gone Country barbecue festival. Over 6,000 people attended the event in downtown Ridgefield — a 20% increase over last year. In addition, the number of vendors increased to 39 and they were joined by several youth service organizations groups. … read more

Spring Stroll and BBQ Festival: Shop, chalk, walk

Editor’s note: Some of the events in this story have been cancelled or postponed. For weather updates, click here. The sound of live music, little kids and their families circulating around the village, a street fashion show, and the smell of fresh barbecue. All are signs of two spring events happening in Ridgefield this weekend — the annual Spring Stroll … read more

Moccia, Wilmot reappointed to Parking Authority

Two Parking Authority members — Ancient Mariner owner Jessica Wilmot and former Norwalk Mayor Dick Moccia — were reappointed by the selectmen Feb. 8. The Parking Authority hopes to begin making some progress on the recommendations of the retail and parking studies done by consultants SCRE Advisors from Saugatuck Commercial Real Estate in Westport, Moccia told the Board of Selectmen. … read more

Rotted Main Street lampposts come down

Rotted by salt used as a winter ice-melter, four period lampposts on Main Street have been taken down, and seven or eight others — maybe more — will likely have to be replaced. “We’re going to be replacing probably a minimum of a dozen,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. Where’s the funding come from? Marconi doesn’t know — yet. “They’re … read more

First-floor retail rule: Finding the carrot, not the stick

Many Ridgefield residents would rather go to Westport or New Canaan to spend an afternoon shopping and dining, and that, said landlords, is why retail space in the downtown is not in high demand. That was one of the main takeaways from Tuesday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, where 50 people — selectmen, landlords, residents, and retailers — spoke … read more

Zoning commission to host first-floor retail discussion Feb. 21

There’s been some discussion of a “first-floor retail” in town. There are some empty storefronts on Main Street. It might be harder to find tenants in the short run, but the theory is that allowing only stores on the ground floor would serve the long-term health of the shopping district. —Macklin Reid photo

The Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding a discussion of first-floor retail uses in the central business district Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The CBD Zone generally encompasses the following streets: East side of Main Street between Governor Street and Prospect Street. West side of Main Street from north of St. Stephen’s Church up to (but not including) … read more

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