November 20, 2017

CT awards $13.6M to revitalize brownfield projects

Seven Hartford area blighted properties are among those in 14 cities and towns that will receive a total of $13.6 million in state funding for redevelopment, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday.

The brownfield projects encompass 89 acres.

"We can add value in our communities by making smart investments that repurpose these properties, resulting in a boost for local economies and spurring growth and private investments," Malloy said in a statement.

Since 2012, Connecticut has invested more than $220 million in brownfield redevelopment, resulting in the creation of more than 3,000 permanent jobs and over 15,000 construction jobs in the state, he said.

All of the funds will be awarded through the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Hartford area projects and awards include:

  • East Hartford, 590 Burnside Ave.: $200,000 grant to abate hazardous building materials in a former public housing site on a 1.4-acre parcel;
  • Hartford, 367, 393 & 424 Homestead Ave.: $1.9 million grant to demolish and remediate three properties, including a former metal foundry manufacturing facility, preparing them for redevelopment;
  • Meriden, 1 King Place: $2 million grant for abatement and demolition of a portion of a former hospital structure and parking garage on 5.6 acres to prepare it for private mixed-use redevelopment. The city has also been awarded a $2 million loan to complete the required remediation of the site before it is conveyed to the city's development partner;
  • New Britain, 24 Dwight Court: $1.5 million grant to remediate a one-acre former coal and oil facility that abuts the CTfastrak station, preparing it for redevelopment.
  • New Britain: $200,000 grant for the investigation of two sites that include 1411 East St., a 1 acre parcel adjacent to CCSU and CTfastrak, and 495 Myrtle St., a 4.4-acre parcel;
  • Manchester: $100,000 grant for investigation and monitoring of three parcels on 1.5 acres located at 295, 299, and 303 Broad St.; and
  • Middletown: $200,000 grant for investigation of a 0.3-acre parcel located at 248 William St.
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