Council discusses development, praises winning Little League team
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Thu., Aug. 18, 2011
The East Hartford Town Council recently heard a report on efforts to bring development to East Hartford, to revive areas of town that have been in decline with shuttered storefronts for the past several years.
“East Hartford has a lot to offer – we're right off the highway, we have a college here, so we are positioned quite well,” said Mayor Marcia Leclerc, during the Aug. 16 town council meeting. “There are a lot of [business] lease renewals going on also, which is another good sign. It means people are staying put.”
Leclerc was accompanied by Town Development Director John Choquette, who discussed efforts to bring new business to Silver Lane, Rentschler Field and the Big Y plaza. “Growing the grand list is our number-one priority,” said Choquette. “The more businesses we have, the less pressure there is on individual taxpayers.”
Several pharmacies have moved to town and stores under construction include Taco Bell on Main Street, a new CVS at Silver Lane and Forbes Street, and a Rite Aid.
Choquette also noted projects at Goodwin College, such as the Connecticut River Academy and a preschoool and kindergarten magnet school, both of which will open in 2013, and could add as many as 400 jobs, he said.
“I just want people to understand that since I took office in January, I have had a laser focused on development as a pathway to East Hartford's future,” Leclerc said.
The town council also recognized this year's Little League champions, who won in the division for 10- to 12-year-olds. Coach Tim Kiro praised his players for their performance. "This is the first team I've coached where 90 percent of the players showed up for practice every day. As a coach, you can't ask for more than that,” he said.
“One of our town's strength is the quality of our sports program,” said Town Council Chair Rich Kehoe, “especially the quality of our Little League organization. A lot of towns don't have that.”