Vision Statement

Downtown will be the heart of Middletown. It will represent the focal point of community activity. The downtown will evolve as a thriving and economically viable area while always remembering and building upon its rich history.

The classic architecture of the downtown will be preserved and enhanced. New development will be at a scale which will preserve and complement the character of the historic downtown and restore its connection to the river.

The downtown will be unique in that there will be a distinct mix of activities such as:

  • Cultural
  • Entertainment
  • Governmental
  • Residential
  • Retail
  • Service
  • Social service

With this mixture, the downtown will prosper. 

Merchants and restaurateurs will target the downtown market both in terms of products offered and hours of operation. They will emphasize customer service and a knowledge of the customer and the products offered. Government will strive to keep the downtown safe, active, clean and attractive.

Downtown neighborhoods will be a top priority. Monies and programs will target these neighborhoods to initiate their revitalization while at the same time preserving their historic integrity, character and scale. The arts and entertainment sectors will thrive. They will represent a truly unique element in the downtown and will attract thousands of spectators and shoppers. Wesleyan University will plan an integral role in the downtown. The downtown will become an active and thriving college town.

Intermingled among these uses will be clean and well-maintained public spaces. These public spaces will host outdoor concerts, plays, farmers markets and other special events. From these public spaces there will be clear visual and pedestrian linkages to the riverfront. The downtown and the riverfront will once again be united. The riverfront, in addition to its popular restaurant and nightclub, will host a number of water oriented activities and events.

Downtown will be a popular place to work, gather, dine, relax and shop. In this way, Middletown residents, downtown employees, college students and their families, and visitors alike will all come to enjoy Middletown’s thriving and vibrant downtown.