June 22, 2018

CT approves $8.5M for transit-oriented development projects

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
A rendering of Columbus Commons in New Britain.

Projects in Hartford and West Hartford are among five municipalities that share in an $8.5 million grant to accelerate transit-oriented development, the governor announced.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday said the second round of funding for the transit-oriented development program will also go to projects in Danbury, Stamford and Torrington.

The funding, meant for highly populated, mixed-use business and neighborhood centers near transit stations and corridors, is administered by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM).

"Transportation isn't just about cars, trains, and buses – it's about building vibrant communities and continuing to make Connecticut a more attractive place to live, visit, and do business," Malloy said.

Under Phase I of the project last year, the state approved $15 million for 11 projects in municipalities including New Britain, East Windsor, Berlin, Wallingford and Norwalk.

The following projects will receive the grants under Phase II:

  • West Hartford – New Park Avenue: $2 million to construct infrastructure improvements along New Park Avenue from New Britain Avenue to Oakwood Avenue.

  • Hartford – Main Street: $450,000 to develop a section of Main Street from State House Square to study improvements for bike and pedestrian amenities, transit services, new streetscaping and a new cycle track, and other linkages to improve bike and pedestrian connections within the project area, among others.

  • Stamford – Springdale: $1.9 million to prepare design and engineering drawings and build improvements around the Springdale Train Station

  • Torrington – East Main Street: $1.9 million to construct new sidewalks, and repair and replace existing sidewalks along portions of East Main Street between Torrington Heights Road and the Big Lots Plaza.

  • Danbury – Downtown Streetscape: $2 million to design and construct sidewalk and streetscape infrastructure improvements along downtown pedestrian routes near the Danbury Train Station.

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