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State OKs $2.65M For Bridgeport's Klein For More Improvements

After the bond approval, from left: Rep. Ezequiel Santiago, Klein's Executive Director Laurence A. Caso, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Klein's Development Director Diane Generous, and Rep. Steve Stafstrom. Photo Credit: Contributed
A crowd files out of the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport after Donald Trump's campaign rally in spring. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness, File

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The State Bond Commission has approved $2.65 million in funding to the Klein Memorial Auditorium facility in Bridgeport for an elevator, technology improvements and code-required improvements.

State Reps. Ezequiel Santiago (D-130th), Andre Baker (D-124th), Charlie Stallworth (D-126th), Jack Hennessy (D-127th), Christopher Rosario (D-128th) and Steve Stafstrom (D-129th) made the announcement last week.

"The Klein Memorial provides an important venue for cultural and social programs that enrich lives throughout the greater Bridgeport area and the state," the legislators said in a statement. "This is a great investment that will increase access and earn returns in a number of different areas."

Santiago worked to introduce the bonding request and champion the item through the process over the last few years, culminating in the approval.

In addition to a rich variety of performances from orchestras, plays and other services, The Klein offers the only tuition-free after school arts program in Bridgeport.

The Bond Commission allocated $2.65 million to the Klein for the installation of an elevator, technology improvements and code-required improvements.

Officials at The Klein thanked Gov. Dannel Malloy, the chief sponsor Santiago, and Stafstrom, as well as the other members of the Bridgeport delegation.

"This funding is an investment by the state, and we proudly accept the responsibility to apply it toward the betterment of Bridgeport," said Laurence Caso, executive director of The Klein. He also thanked Mayor Joe Ganim and his administration "who have generously offered their encouragement and support,"

The State Bond Commission approved the funding in a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15.

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