Governor Lamont announces $ 17.9 million in state funding to clean up dilapidated properties back to productive use
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that his administration is allocating approximately $ 17.9 million in state grants to help cover the costs of cleaning up 40 damaged plots in 13 Connecticut towns in the purpose of putting them back into service.
Grants come from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield remediation program. They are expected to raise $ 427 million in private funding and will help survey and clean up approximately 78 acres of land.
“Cleaning up dilapidated properties that have been vacant for decades and using them productively will ultimately generate many times the amount of these subsidies through private investment.” Governor Lamont said. “If we clean up these properties now, we can turn an eyesore into an asset, revitalize neighborhoods and turn otherwise unusable properties into new space for businesses and residents. “
“Under Governor Lamont’s leadership, the Department of Community and Economic Development continues to invest in our communities and in projects that create jobs, stimulate revitalization and improve the quality of life for residents. The Deputy Commissioner of the Ministry of Economic and Community Development, Alexandra Daum, said. “Our brownfield remediation program provides the critical funding needed to clean up contaminated properties, attract additional private investment and catalyze redevelopment.
“The remediation of brownfields in our state benefits residents twice as much” Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “In addition to having a positive economic impact by returning decommissioned properties to productive use, it provides for the removal of contaminants from those areas that may have had a negative impact on the environment for many years. Removing pollution from these properties opens up new and diverse uses for these properties, including housing, mixed-use commercial and retail options, office and commercial space, and community recreation that meet the needs. and expand opportunities for those who live and work in and around these spaces. “
Grants announced today include:
- Berlin: $ 193,600 for the demolition of the vacant Knights of Columbus building located at 143 Percival Avenue. The Berlin Housing Authority will build 50 affordable senior housing units on the 4.2-acre site.
- Bridgeport: $ 990,000 for the remediation and redevelopment of the former UI power plant site located at 137 Main Street East. A mixed-use multi-family development consisting of approximately 421 units and approximately 10,000 square feet of commercial, retail, office and restaurant space will be built on the 6.5-acre site.
- Haddam: $ 1,800,000 to reduce and remediate two old buildings at the D&H Scoville Hoe Company plant. The buildings will be adaptively reused as full-service shops, galleries, offices and / or restaurant to support the revitalization of the village center of Higganum.
- Hebron: $ 650,490 to clean up a vacant and contaminated 1.2 acre site at 501 Church Street that housed a former gas station and auto repair facility and adjoins the Connecticut Air Line Trail. A 2,000 to 2,500 square foot two-story barn with a bike shop, small cafe or sandwich bar and a covered picnic area will be built.
- Meriden: $ 1,800,000 to clean up and sanitize two properties located at 289 and 290 Pratt Street, totaling 14.3 acres. A new 92-unit residential complex will be built at 289 Pratt Street with expanded parking for businesses adjacent to 290 Pratt Street.
- Montville: $ 999,000 for environmental remediation activities at the former Uncasville Manufacturing Company located at 42 Pink Row. This will allow the adaptive reuse of the existing historic building and 10.6 acre property into 72 housing units.
- New Britain: $ 1,355,000 for the environmental clean-up, downsizing and partial demolition of former manufacturing and industrial property at 27 Columbus Boulevard and 43 High Street, popularly known as the Polar Building. A mixed income residential development with 62 rental units will be built on the 1.5 acre site.
- New Havre: $ 2,000,000 to the Science Park Development Corporation to tear down and demolish the old Winchester Repeating Arms Company buildings located at 275 Winchester Avenue. This will allow the construction of residential buildings, offices, laboratories and / or retail businesses, and open public spaces on the 3.11 acre site.
- New London: $ 1,199,673 to assess and remediate several properties (24 plots) located on Walbach Street and Goshen Street, part of which was occupied by the former Naval Undersea Warfare Center. The city plans to build a community recreation center adjacent to Fort Trumbull State Historic Park on the 7.19-acre site.
- Stamford: $ 950,000 to tear down and preserve existing buildings and clean up the soil and groundwater at 650 Atlantic Street. The 2.5-acre site will be used for mixed-use, transit-oriented development.
- Thompson: $ 2,000,000 for decontaminating existing buildings and cleaning up soil and groundwater at the former River Mill site. A mixed-use residential redevelopment will be constructed on the 24.79 acre site.
- Torrington: $ 2,000,000 for the reduction and partial demolition of the structures of the Torrington Business Park (Standard Plant Site) located at 70 North Street, the former residence of the Torrington / Excelsior Needle Company.
- Torrington: $ 1,000,000 for the environmental clean-up of the property located at 245 East Elm Street to allow Vinny’s restaurant to expand to the first floor with a banquet hall in the remaining space.
- West Hartford: $ 953,646 for the cleaning of the former Puritan Furniture Store property located at 1051 and 1061 New Britain Avenue. A 131 transit-focused mixed-income and mixed-use unit development will be built on the 2.97-acre site.
Additional information on the Brownfield Remediation Program is available at www.ctbrownfields.gov.