ROTTERDAM: Town hears plan for corridor

Law proposed that the land on Curry Road near I-890 could be rezoned as commercial planned unit development. This zoning allows for larger businesses such as Barnes and Noble and Target.

Law said the best part about the study area is the surrounding neighborhoods. There are about 250 houses within a five-minute walk from each of the proposed commercial centers and about 1,100 houses within a half mile from the centers.

One goal is to promote walking in the area to keep traffic levels down while still encouraging development.

"All the houses are so close. By far the greatest asset to this area is the people and the neighborhoods," Law said.

Getting sewer hookups down Hamburg Street is still a major aspect to development within the area. While still in the concept stage, town officials seem confident that sewers will be installed in the near future, and once they are, development will be quick.

"Once sewers are built, development is going to take off and we have to have a plan for the future of our town," Comenzo said.

For the immediate future, to brighten up the area, Law encouraged more landscaping throughout Hamburg Street to break up the endless pavement.

"It's amazing what nicely designed architecture and a little landscaping can do," Law said.""

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