Chamber incentives: Health insurance, phone discounts proposed to lure members

The Chamber of Commerce is hoping a new incentive package will help stave off its recent membership decline. Kim Bova, who took over as the chamber’s executive director in October, said the package will give members access to a national health insurance network and a discount on Verizon phone services. “I came in at a time of needing to redefine … read more

Downtown rebound: Three businesses plan openings, three more to come

Countering mounting concerns about empty storefronts, three business got zoning approvals last week with plans to open this spring — two on Main Street and one on Danbury Road. The three new businesses — two restaurants and a women’s fashion shop — got approvals from the Planning and Zoning Commission at its Feb. 26 meeting. The new businesses approvals were: … read more

Frey pitches cultural districts to Economic and Community Development Commission

Ridgefield state Rep. John Frey (R-111) has introduced a bill that would allow the state to create cultural districts — walkable areas in cities and towns known for the arts and historical attractions. “The idea is to have a walking cultural district,” said Frey at the Economic and Community Development Commission’s meeting Monday night. “We’re historically rich, and we’re arts … read more

Marketing Ridgefield with Danbury? The idea has proponents

Fairfield County can become a tourist destination, and Ridgefield has a role to play in turning that dream into a reality.  That was the takeaway from a recent Economic and Community Development Commission discussion where developing a marketing strategy with other neighboring towns — and possibly cities — seemed to have its proponents.  “Everyone says Connecticut is in the dumps … read more

Web wizard Devine reappointed to town’s economic committee

John Devine, who led efforts to market Ridgefield community events in neighboring towns through targeted Facebook advertising, has been reappointed to the Economic and Community Development Commission. He also helps manage the economic commission’s website “You’ve done a remarkable job,” Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark told him. “The website alone is worth all the effort.” The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Jan. … read more

Performing arts spaces: School upgrades could attract outside groups

Investing in school performing art spaces could attract more performers in town — and retain local groups that have begun to seek venues outside of Ridgefield. That was the idea proposed to the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) at its Feb. 4 meeting. “The space is so limited, they’re looking outside of Ridgefield,” said Jennifer DiLaura, of the Ridgefield … read more

Return of restaurant week? Economic commission floats idea for spring, summer

Ridgefield restaurant week — seven days of fixed-price menus at the town’s bistros, pubs, and dinners — seemed to get the support of the Economic and Community Development Commission at its most recent meeting on Feb. 4. “It’s a question of timing [and] interest,” said Vice Chairman John Devine. The Chamber of Commerce previously organized restaurant weeks in 2016 and … read more

Arts survey reveals wide range of needs

Already viewed as a thriving arts-friendly town, could Ridgefield enhance that appeal by creating a community arts center where painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, composers could rent space to work, rehearse and perform? Almost 90% of artists responding to a survey by the Ridgefield Arts Council said they needed a space to work. “Do you have a need for space?” the … read more

In the village: Zoners ban first-floor apartments

The Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to approve an amendment to the town zoning regulations which will ban apartments and other residential uses from the first floor of buildings in the Central Business District (CBD). The ban, approved Tuesday, Jan. 22, also slams the door shut on apartments in basements in the CBD, which runs from the intersection of … read more

Hotel for village? It’s a shared goal that will take time

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As an aspiring arts and culture destination, Ridgefield could use a hotel or another inn — it’s almost an article of faith among town officials. What’s needed is the right location and an entrepreneur willing to sink money into the project. Town officials are working on it, but no hotel plans have matured, as yet. “I know a few people … read more

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