Selectmen meet Thursday to decide on Greenwich Avenue plan
GREENWICH — A proposal designed to boost downtown restaurants as they seek to recover finanicially from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak will be at the top of the agenda as the Board of Selectmen meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
First Selectman Fred Camillo is pushing a plan that would close a portion of Greenwich Avenue to vehicle traffic on summer evenings. The idea is to create an “outdoor mall” setting, with stores selling merchandise and restaurants offering outdoor seating on the sidewalks and the street.
Currently, the plan would only cover Greenwich Avenue from Arch Street, by the Starbucks and Restoration Hardware, down to the end. But Camillo has said he wants to eventually expand it to all parts of the Avenue.
The exact hours for the road closue and how traffic would be detoured are expected to be discussed at today’s meeting.
The plan has been discussed for some time but is moving into action as the town aims to boost local restaurants after the outbreak. Restaurants had been limited to takeout and delivery only for two months can now offer outdoor dining — but appropriate space in town is limited. Closing off the Avenue to vehicular traffic is designed to create space in the central Greenwich location.
In addition to the Greenwich Avenue plan, the Board of Selectmen is also set to discuss tipping fees for the transfer station. Earlier this month, the Representative Town Meeting voted to allow a fee collection to begin July 1 at the town’s Holly Hill Facility. The selectmen will now set the level for the fees.
The meeting will be held digitally via Zoom because Town Hall remains closed to public meetings.
The public can watch via a link is on the town webpage at www.greenwichct.gov under the Board of Selectmen section in the agenda portion of the webpage.