The Town of Windsor Locks was a recipient of the 2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award for its long-term Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning, strategic assessment and implementation efforts that have collectively sparked the rebirth of its downtown commercial district. Windsor Locks lost its Main Street in the early 1960s due to some development missteps which devastated the Main Street commercial district. Since 2007, the Town has worked with its community to begin planning and redeveloping their Main Street. Key ingredients of this in-progress transformation have included: relocating the Hartford Line commuter rail station to downtown; creating the State’s first Tax Increment Financing District; building an extensive TOD toolkit; securing substantial grant support; investing in complete street improvements; redeveloping an abandoned mill to increase affordable and workforce housing; and commissioning a feasibility study around the development of a year-round public market.
Click here to access the town’s foundational TOD and Main Street studies.
Click here to access the Town’s Downtown Tax Increment Financing District Draft Master Plan.