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Gov. Malloy, Comm. Smith Announce Funds for Brownfield Cleanup


On Tuesday, May 13 Governor Malloy and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith announced $6.5 million in grants and loans to clean up eight blighted brownfields throughout the state. The funds will be administered by DECD to clean up brownfields in Bridgeport, Naugatuck, Newington, North Haven, Plainville, and Trumbull.

The projects are as follows:

  • Bridgeport will receive a $1,014,821 grant for site assessment, remediation, and redevelopment work at the Security, EE Wheeler, and EW Harral buildings—three historic properties in the downtown village district on Main Street. Redevelopment plans call for restoring about 76,000 square feet for 57 market-rate and affordable housing units, and 20,000 square feet for retail space.
  • Bridgeport will also receive a $1 million grant for remediation and redevelopment of a 3.4-acre site to be known as and the Heroes Village Urban Agriculture Center Greenhouse Project. The project calls for 80,000 square feet of state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouses that will provide about 800,000 pounds of high quality produce for commercial sale. A retail center will be built to sell subsidized food to nearby residents, helping to alleviate the urban food desert— a community without access to supermarkets with high quality food.
  • Naugatuck — The Naugatuck Economic Development Corporation will receive a $975,000 grant for remediation work on 11.7 acres at 6 Rubber Avenue, a downtown site used since the 1860s primarily to manufacture rubber. The $2.4 million cleanup project will prepare the site for conversion into a mixed-use development that meets transit-oriented development and sustainable criteria.
  • Newington – will receive a $2 million to remediate and redevelop the 3.9 acre former National Welding factory site. This project will turn the factory into 180,000 square feet of mixed used and connect Newington to CTfastrack.
  • Newington — The Community Renewal Team will receive a $250,000 loan for environmental investigation and remediation work on 5.13 acres known as Veteran’s Landing. The cleanup is necessary before the construction of a 103-unit assisted living facility for veterans. The $29 million project calls for a new 114,000 square foot, three-story building that will have 95 one-bedroom units and eight studio apartments.
  • North Haven will receive a $194,100 grant for environmental investigation at 400 Sackett Point Road, the former home of Circuit-Wise. Global Environmental Services has proposed building the area’s first LEED certified recycling materials recovery facility with food waste composting capacity on the site. Phase I will create 35-50 jobs, phase II—build out of the construction and demolition materials handling system—will create between 70-100 news jobs.
  • Plainville — 311 NB Plainville, LLC, will receive a $800,000 loan to demolish multiple structures and remediate soil at 311 New Britain Avenue. The $9.1 million project will ready nine acres and nine buildings totaling 50,000 square feet for multiple business uses.
  • Trumbull — Broadway Trumbull, LLC, will receive a $350,000 loan for work at 10 Broadway Road, a 1 acre property that will be home to a mixed-use redevelopment project. The $3.3 million low-impact development project will include renovating and expanding an existing circa 1925 structure and constructing a new building. The project will create 9,000 square feet for eight residential units and about 12,000 square feet of retail and office space.

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