Sen. Formica, Old Saybrook officials applaud state support to complete Main Street Connection Project

April 1, 2022

At Thursday’s State Bond Commission Meeting, $500,000 was approved to fund Phase II of the Main Street Connection Project for the Town of Old Saybrook


“There is nothing more idyllic than a New England Coastal Town, which we are fortunate to have in abundance here in Connecticut. I am very pleased that the state is investing in these opportunities like the Main Street Project. This effort will maximize the enjoyment of the neighborhood scenic areas, the local businesses and the assets of our arts, culture and tourism industries,” said Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Paul Formica, who is a co-chair of the legislature’s bipartisan Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Caucus.


“There’s nothing like a Main Street in a New England town, and Old Saybrook’s is especially beautiful,” said Sen. Norm Needleman (D-Essex). “The Governor and the Bond Commission should be lauded for supporting this project, which will add new open spaces and resources that will further beautify the area. That’ll bring more business to Main Street businesses and breathe more life into the area. I’m excited to see the new park!”


“These funds will move the town towards completion of a downtown redevelopment,” said Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna. “With ample parking and pickle ball courts nearby, the funds granted today will help us add additional downtown recreation to an already vibrant Main Street.”


The Main Street Connection Project has been in the works for about 6 years and the first phase created a new 31-space parking lot for people to use as they enjoyed the attractions and dining on Old Saybrook’s Main Street.


The second phase will create a Main Street Park, a pedestrian path, and additional features like benches, decorative lighting, and possibly a recreational area like a bocce court.