State to redevelop Middletown’s riverfront

Middletown riverfront

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH)– In the march to election day, Governor Malloy is making a big promise to the citizens of Middletown. He joined with the mayor there announcing that the state will help back re-development of the city’s riverfront.

The Governor says his administration will invest up to $2.6 million to advance redevelopment of the the Middletown riverfront. Noting that urban planners in the past made a mistake when they built highways like Route 9 that virtually cut off downtown from the river front. The plan now is to try to reverse that.

“We can’t move the road, this is not the ‘big dig’ but we can re-connect downtown with the river to a much higher and greater extent,” said Malloy.

The bulk of the grant will be used for environmental clean up to make the riverfront suitable for development. Also, some of the funds will be used for the final design for a boathouse and event facility on the waterfront.

Last year, the city of Middletown appointed a redevelopment committee to seek private development for the riverfront area.

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