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Governor Lamont Announces State Grants to Rehabilitate 22 Blighted Properties and Return them to Productive Use to Increase Jobs and Housing

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Governor Ned Lamont

14/06/2024

Governor Lamont Announces State Grants to Rehabilitate 22 Blighted Properties and Return them to Productive Use to Increase Jobs and Housing

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has approved a series of state grants totaling $26.3 million that will be used to support the remediation and redevelopment of 130 acres of contaminated land throughout Connecticut, consisting of 22 properties in 17 cities. and cities. The funds will support communities with the costs of cleaning up these properties so they can be redeveloped and put back into productive use to support economic growth and housing needs.

The grants are released through the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Brownfield Remediation and Development Program. These state investments are expected to leverage approximately $112.7 million in private investment, which is critical to returning these 22 properties to productive use.

The selected projects will stimulate economic development and job growth, as well as assist in the development of new housing. In total, the projects are expected to create approximately 1,285 jobs and 373 homes, including 148 affordable homes. About 58% of the total funding is allocated to projects in distressed municipalities.

“No one wants to have old, contaminated and blighted properties in their neighborhood that have been vacant for decades, especially when that land could be used to grow new businesses and create housing for people who need it,” That’s what Governor Lamont said. “This state program allows us to work with municipalities and developers to bring these lifeless properties back from the dead.”

“I want to thank our friends at the Department of Community and Economic Development for working with our government to focus some of our state’s efforts on truly bringing these spaces back to life,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “This is a transformative investment that turns otherwise unusable real estate into a new space thriving with opportunity for Connecticut businesses and residents.”

“All of these projects, in one form or another, help enhance the vibrancy of the community and improve the quality of life for our residents,” Commissioner Daniel O’Keefe of the Department of Economic and Community Development said. “I am extremely proud of the fact that our state investments are successfully generating more than $112.7 million in private financing, creating more than 1,200 jobs and developing new housing options for so many.”

“We are very pleased to see financial investment coming to these important properties,” Commissioner Katie Dykes of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said. “DEEP is grateful to partner with DECD to work with neighborhoods to find cleanup solutions that catalyze the reuse of the properties.”

The grants and loans announced today under this round of funding include:

  • Berlin: $360,000 grant to complete ongoing remediation of contaminated soil on a 1.54-acre parcel located at 55 Steele Boulevard. This will allow the construction of approximately 50 mixed-income residential units next to Berlin’s train station.
  • Bridge Gate: $4,000,000 grant to implement a remedial action plan and for demolition and remediation activities of the former 16.13-acre greyhound track site at 255 Kossuth Street. The site is proposed to be developed by the Connecticut Sports Group, LLC to a sports stadium that will house a professional MLS NEXT Pro soccer team and be part of a multi-phase redevelopment project that will also include a 260-room hotel, mixed-use development, and a community park and green space.
  • Bridge Gate: $4,000,000 grant for the complete remediation of the 2.97-acre site, located at 141 and 173 Stratford Avenue. This will allow for the creation of a public, open space and waterfront access, including a boardwalk , a public community soccer field and a landscaped and hardscaped entry plaza leading to the proposed CT United Soccer Stadium on the adjacent site at 255 Kossuth Street. .
  • Cheshire: $90,000 planning grant to develop a marketing study, site-specific environmental assessment, brownfield mapping, and streetscape and parking design services for the West Main Street Downtown District.
  • Colchester: Grant of $1,125,700 to complete remediation of approximately 3,200 cubic yards of degraded land at the former site of the Norton Paper Mill, located at 139 Westchester Road. The property will be converted into a public passive recreational park.
  • East Hartford: A $95,000 grant to further assess the 164 School Street site, currently owned by United Steel. The assessment will allow the company to expand its operations, which will bring more tax revenue to the city, and create a second shift that will create more local jobs for the community.
  • East Hartford: $50,000 grant for environmental assessments of the underutilized building at 1016 Main Street to determine a remediation and development strategy for the property as a whole. The property has historically served as an entertainment venue, Eastwood Theater in 1941 and then Buster’s Pub & Cinema from 1966 to 1994.
  • East Hartford: $200,000 planning grant to survey the Burnside and Church Street Village area with the aim of addressing potentially contaminated structures and developing a comprehensive plan.
  • New Haven: $516,400 grant to investigate and remediate the 0.82-acre site at 80 Hamilton Street, which was previously used for residential and various industrial and commercial purposes. The remediation will allow for the construction of a museum whose mission is to educate, inspire and enrich the understanding of history through an immersive presentation of artifacts related to New Haven’s history.
  • New Haven: $975,700 grant to remediate and abate the City’s property on the 1.03-acre parcel located at 69 Grand Avenue and home to the historic “Strong School” in New Haven’s Fair Haven neighborhood. The project may include the possible demolition of structures that are not historic. The redevelopment of the property will create approximately 58 affordable homes and a large community space.
  • New London: $200,000 grant to prepare Phase I environmental assessment of six parcels at Bank Street and Meridian Street to determine a remediation strategy to enable future remediation of these properties. Completing the assessment work will allow the City of New London to utilize an existing $1,000,000 EPA grant for the remediation activities at the project sites.
  • Norwalk: $3,294,527 grant for the demolition and reduction of the Meadow Gardens public housing complex, located on a 3.8-acre site at 45 Meadow Street and 5 Monterey Place. This will provide approximately 55 low-income housing units.
  • Norwich: $4,000,000 grant to complete a remedial action plan and an asbestos work plan, abatement and demolition of Buildings A and B, the skywalk and 5th Street Bridge at the 6.05-acre former Capehart Textile Mill located in the Greeneville National Historic District . The remediation of the project site will allow a new park to be created on the river.
  • Plainville: $1,394,500 grant to complete remediation of degraded soil and groundwater on the 14.76-acre site located at 1 and 63 West Main Street. The remediation/remediation will allow for the creation of approximately 175 new apartments with ground floor retail and amenities, a 140,000 sq ft medical office building and seven acres of open space. Previous DECD funding ($1,170,000) was used to address hazardous construction materials from on-site structures.
  • Portland: $200,000 planning grant to develop a new downtown master plan that includes the Riverfront Overlay Zone and the Town Village District, including the brownfield parcels at 222, 230 and 248 Brownstone Avenue.
  • Rescue: $200,000 planning grant for the comprehensive planning of the Georgetown neighborhood with the goal of revitalizing and redeveloping the former Gilbert and Bennet Wire Mill brownfield site.
  • Vernon: $2,000,000 grant to reduce and remediate identified environmental impacts at Daniel’s Mill, a 1-acre property located at 98 East Main Street. DECD had previously allocated $2 million for site cleanup, but on-site investigation and testing have shown the need for additional funding. The redevelopment of the historic mill will create approximately 35 residential units and support the overall redevelopment of the Rockville Mill Complex, which is expected to create 110,000 square feet of residential units and 20,000 square feet of commercial space consisting of a brewery/restaurant and event space.
  • West Haven: $1,187,270 grant to reduce hazardous building materials on the 1.53-acre site at 66 Tetlow Street. The former elementary school will be the future site of the Shoreline Wellness Center and Behavioral Health Clinic, which will provide mental health services .
  • Windsor: $2,000,000 grant to remediate and reduce structures at the former Stanadyne manufacturing facility, located at 90 Deerfield Road. The remediation of the 32.95 hectare site will enable the adaptive reuse of the property into a business park that will provide new manufacturing, R&D, warehousing/distribution and offices to meet local market demand.
  • Windsor: $200,000 grant for further assessment of the former industrial site (Stanadyne property) located at 92 Deerfield Road.
  • Windsor locks: $73,450 grant for further site assessment work on the vacant suburban-style plaza located at 255 Main Street.
  • Wood bridge: $132,000 planning grant to assess a 155-acre estate, formerly the Country Club of Woodbridge, and help advance a comprehensive redevelopment vision for housing or mixed-use development.

For more information about Connecticut’s Brownfield Remediation and Development Program, visit www.ctbrownfields.gov.

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