Poll: Is The Streetscape Project Stopping You From Going To Downtown Mystic?

Business owners say they are in danger of closing and need locals to support the shop, but is the streetscape project keeping residents away. Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.


Business owners and the are urging locals to support downtown Mystic, but the streetscape project may be keeping many people away.

“Getting through downtown Mystic is a nightmare already, and it's not even the summer rush yet,” . “The parking situation is horrible. ‘Fixing’ the street by taking out spaces was a bad idea. The big green wall is unsightly, the construction is inconvenient, the parking difficult. Many of us would love to shop local, we just can't get there!”

As the streetscape project approaches its June 30 deadline the project is crushing their businesses and jeopardizing the health of the downtown Mystic.

Is the streetscape project keeping you from shopping downtown or have you made more of an effort to support the shops during the project? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Mary June 15, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I did leave a comment and you rejected it. I will park some where close and support our local businesses. But my small contribution will have little effect on what our wonderful downtown merchants are dealing with. Tragic!
Bree Shirvell June 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Hi Mary, I'm sorry you're comment got rejected. I'm not sure why. I don't see it in the list of rejected comments, but thanks for posting again.
Valerie June 16, 2012 at 11:06 PM
With so little street parking left, why is the fire hydrant taking up a parking space? Why wasn't it placed along the sidewalk where there is no parking? In case of a fire, the fire trucks would not need a parking place anyway, just access to the hydrant. And there is nothing at all charming or in character about cement slab sidewalks . . . hideous.
Kevin Bogle June 18, 2012 at 08:24 PM
It's a war zone. The rest of Mystic is beautiful. This project was a mess from day one.
Bree Shirvell June 19, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Just a reminder Groton Town Councilors are also expected to discuss a plan to spend $50,000 to lease the Mystic Arts Center parking lot and provide free parking to tourists and other customers on Tuesday at 6 p.m., at the Groton Town Hall Annex. Groton Town Manger Mark Oefinger said in a report to the council he discussed the issue with art center’s executive director, and the lease would cost $7,954 per week. If the council agrees to spend the money for this, it could provide free parking for 44 days. Oefinger recommends that parking be offered June 23 through Aug. 5.


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