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Bridgeport Receives Funds For Two Brownfield Redevelopment Projects

James Ryan, president, Shelton Economic Development Corp., U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, far right, discuss the city's waterfront brownfields.
James Ryan, president, Shelton Economic Development Corp., U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, far right, discuss the city's waterfront brownfields. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport, Shelton and Stratford were among 16 municipalities across the state that were awarded $8.7 million in brownfield redevelopment grants from the state.

The money will help communities revitalize and remediate contaminated properties so they can be put back into productive use and attract new development, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.

The grants come under the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield Remediation Program. Under the allocations, a total of $7 million will go toward the cleanup and redevelopment of five former industrial sites, while $1.7 million will be put towards the assessment of 12 other sites around the state.

Local brownfield grants include:

  • Bridgeport: $2 million grant to remediate a 2.2-acre site in the city’s Eco-Technology park to enable the construction of a permitted anaerobic digester facility.
  • Bridgeport: $200,000 grant for investigation of multiple parcels related to the proposed Civic Block redevelopment project.
  • Shelton (223 Canal Street): $875,000 grant to abate and demolish a vacant industrial building in the downtown development district for residential redevelopment.
  • Stratford: $200,000 grant to continue the investigation of the former Stratford Army Engine plant.

“In a new economic reality, transforming and remediating sites is so important. We’re on the cutting edge of taking otherwise unusable property and transforming it into new space for businesses and residents. These strategic investments help towns and cities take abandoned, blighted, and vacant properties, and bring them back to life in order to spur new investments, new development, and new jobs for those in the communities,” Malloy said.

“Since 2012, we’ve committed more than $150 million to investigate, clean up, and revitalize hundreds acres of property in communities in every corner of our state. It’s an extraordinary amount – and it’s all designed to ensure that we are building for the future.”

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman agreed.

“Cleaning up toxic and blighted properties is integral to creating attractive, livable communities,” Wyman said. “These investments mean healthier cities and towns, but they also attract activity and help build neighborhoods, adding commerce, housing, retail, and greenspace. This funding is an important part of strengthening and expanding our economy, and inspiring smart growth.”

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