Approximately nine communities in the state of Connecticut will receive $17 million dollars in grants and loans for restoration purposes.
There are many commercial buildings and toxic sites in the region of Connecticut that need to be cleaned up. $4.5 million of the $17 million dollars will be utilized for a redevelopment plan for Preston’s River Walk. A second round of funding is expected to arise as well for the Brownfield Cleanup as applications need to be filled out by the deadline of February 3rd. The commissioner of the DECD (Department of Economic and Community Development) Catherine Smith points out that the $12.95 million dollar loan and the $4.6 million grant will be utilized for commercial redevelopment, housing that is affordable and the development of retail space.
The region of Preston in Connecticut will receive the largest portion of the money as $4 million dollars will be utilized for the demolition of the Norwich State Hospital as the Mixed Used project will be constructed. The community of Stamford will also receive nearly $1 million dollars for the redevelopment of Washington Boulevard and Harbor Point.
The region of Bridgeport will receive approximately $725,000 dollars for cleaning up purposes in the area of 220 and 148 Waterview Avenue. The region of Hartford will receive $450,000 dollars for the continued remediation of the Horse Nails Factory Site.
The community of Waterbury will receive approximately $600,000 dollars for the investigation of environmental issues and the ultimate cleanup of the Chapel Street quadrant. The region of Middletown will utilize $500,000 dollars for the redevelopment of the Community Health Center in the area. The community of Berlin will use $500,000 dollars for the cleaning of the toxic site called Pioneer Machine.
The grants and loans will definitely help to clean up the community but will also help to develop the state of Connecticut.