Meriden downtown beautification project kicks off with flower planters installed

Meriden downtown beautification project kicks off with flower planters installed

Record-Journal


MERIDEN — A downtown beautification project kicked off on Friday with the installation of two flower planters made by Wilcox Technical High School students.

The boxes were the first of 14 that will be placed downtown, said Wilcox principal Joyce Mowrey. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning outside 53 W. Main St. to mark the occasion.

Mowrey said the students that worked on the project were mostly juniors. The boxes have plaques that read “Student-made Wilcox Tech”

Scott Behling, Wilcox carpentry instructor, said the students worked on the custom boxes from a few different designs. The rest of the boxes will be installed soon around Colony Street and West Main Street.

Christian Quintero, 17, of Meriden, is a junior at Wilcox. He said for many students it was the first large outside project they completed. Quintero worked with some classmates for the first time and is proud of the results.

Mayor Kevin Scarpati said the project is one of several beautification efforts planned for downtown.

“We’re far from being done,” Scarpati said. “This is just the start.”

Juliet Burdelski, Economic Development Director, said the project with Wilcox was funded through a grant from the Community Economic Development Fund. Community art and garbage cans are also part of the effort.


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