Is Old Wethersfield heading back in time? - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Is Old Wethersfield heading back in time?

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Town officials are reviewing design plans on Tuesday to revitalize parts of Old Wethersfield to increase attraction.

Residents and business owners along with the town are looking to bolster buildings with retail and turn a portion of Old Wethersfield's Main Street into a living museum similar to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.

"I think it would be good for tourism, great for the residents," said Tom Russo, a frequent visitor.

Some residents feel emphasizing the town's past could be best for its future.

"When the old Comstock Ferre was around, it was a draw to Old Wethersfield," said Wethersfield resident Phil Sax. "We saw more tourists and out of town people visiting."

A study is proposing a few options which would reshape the town's historic district. One option involves turning the empty Masonic Temple into a performance space of a retail spot similar to Boston's Faneuil Hall with multiple vendors.

Another option includes moving the Belden House to Church Street, then use the land as open space.

The biggest improvement revolves around the Comstock Ferre Complex. The current owner's told Eyewitness News that they are interested in returning it to its beginnings.

The plan is still evolving; however it is a possibility to combine its current seed business with educational elements and a farmer's market while turning it into Old Comstock Village.

The town said it has already received state funding to move ahead with parking and intersection improvements for Church Street and Main Street.

Although the buildings are all privately owned, the town said it will work to generate a consensus among the property owners and the community to find a place that works.

Residents will be able to learn more about the proposals at a public hearing on Wednesday night at the town hall.

If you want to check out the revitalization plans for Old Wethersfield click here.

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