The City of Torrington engaged BL Companies to provide planning and design services under the State of Connecticut Brownfield Area Revitalization (BAR) grant to develop a strategy for the future redevelopment of brownfield sites in the City. Included within this strategic planning initiative was the enhancement of the Franklin Street corridor linking the downtown core with multiple brownfield sites, with the goal of increased connectivity and redevelopment potential for these properties. In addition this site is located at the intersection of two planned trail creation & improvement projects that will circulate through the downtown area. The City of Torrington had previously envisioned improvements to this area including the conversion of Franklin Street to a pedestrian only street. Our design team working with the City of Torrington, local residents and business owners was able to move the City’s vision forward by developing a site concept plan that was informed by input and feedback from all interested parties. The concept plan was highlighted by a pedestrian only street that included a large linear plaza, a flexible downtown event space, a designated bike-lane, bench seating throughout, café style overhead lighting and the expansion of the existing Patterson Park along East Main Street. Ultimately our design team advanced the Franklin Street & Patterson Park Concept Plan to construction level documents. Construction of this critical downtown public space was completed in Fall 2020.