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December 18, 2023

New Haven, East Hartford, others will share $7.2M in state brownfield remediation funding

Costar A rendering of the 'Square 10' building in New Haven.

Gov. Ned Lamont has approved the release of $7.2 million in state grants that will be used to support the remediation and assessment of blighted properties in nine municipalities across Connecticut.

The grants are part of the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield Remediation and Development Program, which will help clean up properties for redevelopment and put them back into productive use to support economic growth. 

The grants will leverage nearly $229 million in private investments and are expected to create more than 850 jobs, the governor’s office said.

State officials said the majority of the funds will go to distressed municipalities, where developable land is often scarce and economic revitalization efforts take on added importance.

Nearly $2 million will go to New Haven: $990,000 for soil remediation, excavation, and disposal of impacted soils at 265 South Orange St., the former coliseum site where the  11-story, “Square 10” life sciences and tech office building is planned. Another $995,600 will help abate and demolish four dilapidated buildings at 10 Liberty St., to make room for a new five-story, 150-unit affordable housing complex.
East Hartford will get a $178,800 grant for site assessments at a former industrial paper mill site at 87 Church St., where a hydro-powered liquor distillery and tasting room will be built.

Ansonia is getting $3.8 million to dispose of demolition debris and remediate the 8.56-acre property at 31-165 Olsen Drive to prepare the property for redevelopment of a new $16.4 million multi-sport indoor/outdoor complex.

Other grants include:

  • Danbury: $200,000 for 72-80 Maple Ave., and East Franklin Street, to determine future uses for the former Amphenol warehouse.
  • Griswold: $110,000 grant to survey contaminants at the former repair garage and gas station at 1554-1560 Voluntown Road.
  • Lisbon: $120,000 for assessments of the former Lisbon Textile Prints company site at 99 River Road for future mixed-use and commercial uses.
  • New Milford: $200,000 for the assessment of three properties – 6 Youngs Field Road, 20 Youngs Field Road, and 72 Housatonic Ave., to determine a remediation strategy for future remediation and development.
  • Putnam: $200,000 for environmental assessment of the former Putnam Foundry site at 2 Furnace St., and the John M. Dean Company at 20 Mechanics St., to determine a remediation plan for future mixed-use housing and commercial space.
  • Sprague: $200,000 for site investigations of the former Paper Manufacturing site at 130 Inland Road in Baltic to determine future remediation and current waste treatment expansion and other potential uses.

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