Gov. Dannel Malloy is spearheading a new effort to combat blight across the state.
The governor said $13.6 million in state-funded grants will impact 89 acres of land in 14 towns and cities.
“These kinds of properties that have been vacant for decades are causing blight in neighborhoods, draining local resources, and having a negative impact on towns and cities,” Malloy said in a statement on Monday. “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.”
The governor's office said these are the remediation and redevelopment projects:
The governor's office said these are the assessment projects to prepare for future revitalization:
Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith said the funding "will positively impact cities and towns in a multitude of ways."
“These 16 projects will help spur commercial activity, promote transit-oriented development, create new housing, curb blight, and address public health and safety concerns – all keys to boosting economic vibrancy," Smith said in a statement on Monday.
The governor's office said 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," since 2012.
“Brownfields are a reminder of Connecticut’s proud industrial past, but in too many cases they have become a burden on communities and a threat to public safety, human health, and the environment,” Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee said in a statement on Monday. “Redevelopment of brownfields is a wise investment that removes these threats and restores these properties to productive use. This takes advantage of existing roads, water, sewer and other infrastructure while lessening development pressure on open space. DEEP is proud to continuing working with DECD and our municipal and private sector partners on these important projects.”
For more information on DECD’s brownfield redevelopment programs, click here.
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