Today was coffee at Toast Coffee & Wine with Matt Ashby, Director of Windsor’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA). Formed in 2011, the mission of the DDA is to attract more people to downtown Windsor, bring in more businesses, and help those businesses succeed and grow. They assist businesses with development, improvements, and are working hard on the Windsor Downtown Redevelopment Project which are three “backlots” the Town and the DDA own near Boardwalk Park that are vacant. The DDA works closely with the Town Board of Windsor as a partner in meeting Windsor’s Comprehensive Plan, which directs the priorities and direction of the Town of Windsor.
This redevelopment project will include a variety of destination commercial, office, and residential uses that will help advance the mission of the DDA to create a prosperous, vibrant, energetic, and clean town center. The project consists of three backlots between the railroad tracks and Ash Street. Brinkman Contractors was chosen as the main developer for this project.
The DDA is also heavily involved in the support of the Windsor Mill Revitalization. The DDA plans to assist the developer with rebuilding this historic and important site. Furthermore, the DDA is taken on a Wayfinding Plan, which will create and install signage directing visitors to key destination locations.
The DDA is a busy place! Matt Ashby, the Director, is passionate about Windsor and the Downtown. He’s very personable, knowledgeable, and doing an amazing job helping Windsor meet the needs of its downtown as Windsor continues to grow.
These talks are held periodically, open to the public for question and answer and just to find out what’s new downtown! I learned a ton about what the DDA does and what the future plans are for our great town. Plus, the coffee is free! What could be better!