HISTORIC TRAIN STATION RE-USE ANALYSIS
Windsor Locks, CT
The historic train station in Windsor Locks, Connecticut served for many years as a key transportation asset in a thriving mill town. It ceased to serve its originally intended purpose in the 1970s and since that time, it has suffered the wear and tear of the elements and vandalism.
Working with Crosskey Architects, GOMAN + YORK developed a clear plan for the restoration and reuse of the building as a collaborative work space. We engaged with elected official, town staff and the community and we identified a need for improved support of entrepreneurship and small business enterprises. We also stressed an imperative for the town to recruit and retain a younger demographic and to otherwise facilitate the brand, productivity and overall success of businesses. Collaboration space would play a role in creating an active, more pedestrian-friendly and socially connected community. And all of this could be part of a transit oriented development given plans to restore upgraded train service connecting Windsor Locks to Hartford, New Haven and the entire northeast corridor. WL Train