Preston Hopes State Grant Will Restore Village Feel to Poquetanuck


A Connecticut village that's been sandwiched between two of the biggest casinos in the country is hoping to get a little traffic-free.

Poquetanuck Village, located in Preston, has houses dating back to the 1700s, a stagecoach stop, a post office, a bed and breakfast, and a recreation park.

But much of the traffic that passes through town never notices the well-maintained historic homes, reports the Day.

In the early 1990s, Carol Matsumoto, a longtime resident, started calling town officials, the state Department of Transportation, leaders of the Mashantucket-Pequot and Mohegan tribes, and Foxwoods to complain about the speeding traffic, huge casino-bound buses, and large trucks that rattled 300-year-old homes and jarred rocks loose from the stone walls.

Now, Matsumoto and a neighbor are circulating a petition in support of the town's proposed $3 million project to slow down traffic, create a village atmosphere, support small business development, and invite tourists to see some of the oldest homes in town.

The town is applying for a $3 million grant from the Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments to improve historic Poquetanuck Village by installing sidewalks, decorative lighting, and traffic safety measures, such as crosswalks with flashing signals. Read the Entire Article

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