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Promotional Video Sells 'Come to Brookfield'

Planning Commission member showcases Brookfield's assets.

New Planning Commission alternate Nancy Tolmoff produced a five-minute promotional video showing off Brookfield as a means of attracting tourism and, hopefully, a more vibrant economy. And the best place to centralize that economy: the proposed Town Center District (TCD), the revitalization plan for the .

Tolmoff, a 42-year resident of Brookfield, said she wanted to feature the town’s look and style as fodder for imagining a new downtown.

“I really feel this is something we need to push forward on,” Tolmoff said, but first they town has to decide, “What is this going to look like?”

The town recently (FHI) to help conceptualize the new TCD and put the town on a path toward making it a reality.

As part of their work, to gather feedback from the public and FHI and the town will be hosting an informal charrette May 7-10 at the to receive input and answer questions.

But before any plan can become a reality, the town needs to attract businesses to the area, ones that will bring people, and their business, to Brookfield.

“We need to focus on recreation and tourism,” Tolmoff said, explaining the video’s focus on the town’s assets, such as Candlewood and Lillinonah lakes. “We need to create a come-to place.”

Steven DeVaux April 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM
There's a state public beach in Brookfield? A state launching ramp in Brookfield for either lake? Really? Where? It's all either private or town owned and folks can see that the first time they come to town. With New Milford now exploring a second large development for corporate retail shops like Clinton...and with a train stop and downtown already in place, Brookfield can only play catchup, not leapfrog. With a bowling alley being eyed next in Danbury - and with Lores in New Milford - Brookfield won't be bowling for dollars at Four Korners.
Bob McGarrah April 12, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Excellent photography - a lot to be proud of. However the Station Road and gas station pictures are a blight and have been through the last two "iterations" of "Forlorn Corners" redevelopment plans. Town records show this area has been the focus of studies, virtual "fly thrus" and other attempts to put "lipstick on a pig" since the 1970's. I wish I had some ideas to offer but all I can say is we have put a lot of volunteer time and taxpayer dollars into this area and we can't even get zoning compliance. Something is fundamentally wrong. Anyone want to guess what?
Jerry Friedrich April 12, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Nancy, thanks you for your effort. Great job ! This is a great place to live and we need to toot our own horn ! This is step one !
Katherine Daniel April 12, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Thank you, Nancy, for taking this initiative. You point up some of the "tough nuts" that need to be cracked in order to move forward to a Four Corners that is viable and vibrant, as well as some of the charm of Brookfield. Anyone can give their opinion in our survey (click the link in the article) or participate in a planning workshop May7th-10th to contribute ideas to this effort.
Steven DeVaux April 12, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Bob, I surprised they didn't accent the Goodwill Super Store (largest in New England) and all that it offers as a "destination" for out-of-towners. BJ's too. Or Costco. These are retail dollar magnets that provide jobs in the community.
Noreen Barney April 12, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Noreen Barney I think the video was very well-done. However, just one question comes to mind. When showing the good points of Brookfield, has the fact that there are four terrific public schools in town been forgotten? (and other schools as well). The churches are in the video, so is the library, the Historical Society, the Craft Center and the Town Park. I moved to Brookfield in 1972 and my children went to Brookfield Schools from which they graduated in 1988 and 1992. Both attended excellent universities (The United States Naval Academy and New York University Tisch School of the Arts) and subsequently they both went on to very successful careers in their chosen fields. I was also a teacher in Brookfield from 1979 until my retirement in 2006. I would think there would be some pictures of the schools to show that Brookfield is also a place to come to for a very good education for children. Since the schools make up a huge part of the Brookfield budget it would also be appropriate to show the buildings and the playgrounds and football fields, etc. Perhaps businesses would be more inclined to come to an area where there are many families who might be interested in shopping locally, especially with the price of gas and busy family schedules. Perhaps the absence of school pictures was an oversight. However, the schools are an integral part of the community and deserve to be recognized as an important part of the town.

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