Our Town

CITY OF WINSTED/TOWN OF WINCHESTER, CT

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The Town of Winchester/City of Winsted is nestled in the
mountains of Litchfield County and is noted as the Gateway to the Berkshire Mountains. Winchester, with 32 square miles and a population of 11,500, claims a wonderful quality of life with beautiful lakes, fishing, boating, fresh water springs and more.

Winchester was first settled in 1732, and later incorporated in 1771. Today, with a population of approximately 10,650, the Town serves as a regional sub-center, with its Main Street, Winchester Business Park and the Winsted Industrial Park serving as home to numerous merchants and manufacturers.

Winsted is the downtown city area within the Town of Winchester, at the point where the region's major transportation corridor, Route 8, intersects with Route 44. The Town is noted for its beautiful ecclesiastical, Victorian, neo-classical, Greek Revival, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival architecture, as well as for one of the State's largest lakes, Highland Lake. Highland Lake is a resort lake over three miles in length and 444 acres in area. It is enjoyed for its swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing.

Northwestern Connecticut Community College is located in downtown Winsted. This two-year State College has a full-time equivalent enrollment of approximately 2,500 students. Degree programs in liberal arts, science, business and technical areas are offered. The college is nationally recognized for its special assistance program for the deaf and hearing impaired. NCCC is currently undertaking a $20 million dollar campus expansion project in the center of downtown.

SOME VITAL STATISTICS

  • Photos/our-town-photo2.jpgLand Area: 32 square miles
  • Distance to major cities:
  • Hartford = 24 miles
  • Boston = 111 miles
  • NY City = 97 miles
  • Providence = 87 miles
  • Bradley International Airport: 19 miles
  • Population: 10,650
  • Households: 5,212
  • Median Age: 36.8
  • Work Force: 5,865

Photos/our-town-photo3.jpgSchools:
3 Elementary Schools:

  • Pearson Junior High School
  • The Gilbert School - a High School supported
    by a private endowment and public funds
  • 1 Private Religious School
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community

Economics: (Town Profiles 1998-1999, DECD)

Sector

Firms

Emp.

% of Total

Agriculture

19

57

1.3

Const & mining

143

364

8.2

Manufacturing

52

1,111

25.1

Trans & Utilities

20

172

3.9

Trade

159

793

17.9

Finance, Ins & Real Estate

34

219

5.0

Services

227

1,478

33.4

Government

5

230

5.2

Total

659

4,424

100.0%

Photos/our-town-photo4.jpgThe Town of Winchester/City of Winsted has a Town Meeting and Board of Selectmen form of Government, and is professionally managed by a Town Manager. Professional staff includes a Town Planner, Director of Public Works, Director of Finance, Purchasing Agent, Building Official/Zoning Officer, Fire Marshal, and Wetlands Enforcement Officer.

Development in Winsted is well served by a Planning and Zoning Commission, an Economic Development Commission (which is also the official Development Agency), and a Redevelopment Commission. There also exists a Zoning Board of Appeals, an Inland Wetlands Commission and a Conservation Commission.

The Town of Winchester/City of Winsted has just completed a Main Street Enhancement Plan which is the blueprint for the revitalization of Winsted's downtown commercial core. The Plan includes a landscaped center median for the Main Street, expanded sidewalks, a five-mile long recreational trail (connecting Winsted to Torrington), attractive pedestrian-scale lighting, street furnishings, signage, and site landscaping. Winchester/Winsted was recently awarded a $920,000 federal grant to complete phase I of the Enhancement Plan. Additionally, the Town's Redevelopment Commission has just completed a Strategic Plan of Redevelopment. This Plan analyzes the economic and physical potential for the commercial and residential areas in the downtown center of Winsted and recommends a plan for improvement.

Supplementing the Main Street Enhancement Project and the Redevelopment Plan are two additional projects currently under way. First, Winchester/Winsted has partnered with its neighbor, the City of Torrington, in an effort to plan and construct the five mile long Still River Greenway. Winsted has been designated the lead agency in this 1.8 million dollar federal/local project. The Still River Greenway will span approximately 2.5 miles in both Torrington and Winsted, allowing walkers, cyclists, joggers and inline skaters to tour the beautiful banks of the Still River. Visitors of the trail will be able to access the Still River Greenway directly from downtown Winsted and from Winsted Road in Torrington. Town staff is currently working with consultants to finalize design plans.

The most recent economic revitalization project under way is the Town's Brownfields project. The U.S. EPA awarded the Town a $200,000 grant to conduct environmental assessments on potentially contaminated manufacturing sites located in Town. The program will also educate the general public on the impacts and potentials of Brownfields. The Town is currently testing the eighth property for redevelopment.

Photos/our-town-photo5.jpgThe Economic Development Commission is currently marketing its second industrial park-Winchester Business Park. The Winchester Business Park, a 13 lot, fully serviced industrial subdivision, is the result of a partnership between the Town and the State Department of Community and Economic Development (DECD). The Economic Development Commission and Town of Winchester/City of Winsted are committed to developing a mix of industrial/high tech/office buildings in an environment which compliments existing sites and projects a quality image.

Our development team is ready to assist you with your business needs. We look forward to being your partner and helping you to achieve your business goals and grow your business in Winsted!

For more information, contact the Town Planner at 860-738-6593 (Fax: 860-738-7053)

Planning Department
Town Hall
338 Main Street
Winsted, CT 06098

OR
Town Manager at 860-738-6962 (Fax: 860-738-7053)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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