With renewed focus on economic development and the future vitality (and viability) of Wilton, Wilton Library will be hosting a discussion entitled, “Wilton 2025: Architecture and Planning—Past, Present and Future,” on Wednesday, May 11, at 7-8:30 p.m.. 

Local architect Rob Sanders, AIA will be the panel moderator. He has assembled a panel of design professionals to discuss what has become a hot topic in Wilton:  Where are we today in our thinking about what kind of a town we have, and how do we create the town we want? The public is invited to join the discussion on Wilton’s past leading and how its future will be determined and created. A Q&A will follow the talk.

Sanders is focusing the discussion around recent events and how to balance different community views with what economic issues the town faces.

“The forces of growth and commercialism have eroded Wilton’s sense of place, and there’s a sense that Wilton is losing its identity. I think we all agree that Wilton needs to grow, but the question is how and where. What do we need, where should it go, and how should it look? The recent loss of a number of historic structures, including the demolition of the landmark Italianate villa at 183 Ridgefield Road, has stirred emotions and concerns about what makes our town unique. It is not just a matter of losing historic structures; it’s about how we evolve in the new century,” he says.

Sanders will open the evening with a brief overview of Wilton’s architecture and growth in 1925 and again in 1975. The panelists will examine Wilton’s present challenges and opportunities, and consider how and where the town might go in the future.

The panelists all either live or work in Wilton, and include:  Kathleen Poirier AIA, Kathleen Poirier Architects, LLC; Kate Throckmorton ASLA, Environmental Land Solutions; Chris Pagliaro AIA, Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects, LLC; and Bob Nerney AICP, director of Planning and Land Use Management for Wilton.

The program is being co-sponsored by Silver Pine Realty, Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library. There is no charge but registration is highly recommended. Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..