ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT


Stay Connected
ADVERTISEMENT


Vacant no more


Meriden owns about 120 vacant lots within the inner city, unused parcels which can be pricey to maintain. On many of these plots once stood homes which had fallen into foreclosure and were consequently acquired and demolished by the government. Rather than continue to pay for upkeep costs of all lots, civic leaders are wisely seeking transference of ownership onto neighbors.

Locals could make better use of empty land. For instance, one man who lives on Prescott Street expressed interest in obtaining a parcel made vacant when Meriden tore down a former on-site home. Reportedly, he intends to plant grass, erect a fence and allow his dogs use of the space. What is a dirt expanse can instead become a new side yard.

Or, perhaps additional pieces of open land could be handed over to entire neighborhoods. Inhabitants of certain areas could collectively preserve lots as parks or some other form of public spot. In this way, residents could come together for common cause, fostering a sense of spirit and responsibility in maintaining one’s surroundings.

Either way, the city would free itself of upkeep obligations. Related expenses for the public works department can add up, especially when some of these parcels have been city-owned for years. Meriden is paying annually for work done on land which serves very little – if any – useful purpose to the city. Opportunities to end this spending should be considered. But only if outcomes are beneficial for Meriden and its residents.

An empty space on Grove Street is example of how officials should proceed with all ownership transferences. The lot attracted notice of a buyer. Local leaders agreed to sell, with prudent stipulations that the buyer replace broken sidewalks on the property, and not build anything which could increase population density.

There is no reason to keep empty land under government possession if residents are willing to take ownership. Instead of maintaining vacant strips, Meriden should sell within the immediate community – eliminating a yearly expense while cultivating community pride and responsibility within the inner-city.



Back to Editorials
Top Stories of the Week

Police: Man with knife attempted to rob Wallingford doughnut shop …
WALLINGFORD – Police are investigating after a man wielding a knife attempted to rob Neil’s Donuts in Wallingford early Wednesday morning. Police say employees were … more ...

Wallingford police make arrest in attempted robbery at Neil’s Donuts …
WALLINGFORD — A Florida man faces charges after police say he attempted to rob Neil’s Donut Bake Shop early Wednesday. Justin D. Bailey, 23, of … more ...

Old Dublin building goes on market for $475,000 …
WALLINGFORD — The building housing the Old Dublin traditional Irish pub at 171 Quinnipiac St. went on the market recently for $475,000. Nancy Newman, an … more ...

Officials hoping to find owner of dog found on I-84 …
SOUTHINGTON — Animal Control officers believe the owner of a dog found on Interstate 84 this weekend are looking for her, but may not be … more ...

Double Play Cafe looking to move, offer owner’s famous steamed …
MERIDEN — Owners of the Double Play Cafe are looking to move the bar to a larger location on the south side by summer. Kevin … more ...

Comments