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May 13, 2013

CT's brownfields get $6.5M more for cleanup

Connecticut awarded $6.5 million to clean eight brownfields, just days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made $5 million in awards, authorities say.

The $6.5 million in grants and loans from the Department of Economic and Community Development will go toward brownfields in Newington, Plainville, North Haven, Naugatuck, Bridgeport, and Trumbull, authorities said Monday.

The $5 million in federal awards previously announced Friday wentto Hartford, East Hartford, New London, Willimantic, Meriden, Stratford, Bridgeport, and Plainville.

The state awards include a $2 million grant to remediate the 3.9-acre abandoned National Welding factory in Newington, used to develop the site into 180,000 square feet of mixed-use retail, offices, and parking.

Newington also received a $250,000 loan for investigation into the cleanup of 5.1 acres for the construction of a 103-unit assisted living facility for veterans.

Plainville received a $800,000 loan to demolish structures and remediate soil on New Britain Avenue for a nine-building business park.

North Haven received a $194,100 grant for the investigation into a Sackett Point Road site to possibly turned into a recycling facility.

Naugatuck received a $975,000 grant to remediate the 150-year-old site of a rubber manufacturer.

Bridgeport received two $1 million grants for the remediation of three properties in its downtown district and the redevelopment of an agricultural center.

Trumbull received a $350,000 loan to turn a 1-acre Broadway Road property into a mixed-use residential and retail project.

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