Malloy announces redevelopment grants for brownfield sites

- FILE - State Capitol building in Hartford. (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Governor Malloy has announced the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development will begin taking applications for grants to redevelop brownfield sites throughout the state.

According to a press release, the grant program, known as the Brownfield Area-Wide Revitalization, is a  two year, $1 million pilot program that will allow cities and towns to redevelop former industrial sites.

Redevelopment of the former sites will allows new businesses, housing, and public amenities.Redevelopment will also create new jobs and revenues.

The DECD will hold two informational sessions, one on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 10:00am at the Southeast Connecticut Council of Governments Offices, 5 Connecticut Avenue, Norwich, and the other on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 1:00pm at Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce, 83 Bank Street, Waterbury.

Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded competitively to eligible applicants.

“Brownfields Area Revitalization grants are an investment that will allow communities burdened by contaminated properties to consider the best way to turn them into community assets,” Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee said.  “These grants will provide an incentive for our cities and towns to look beyond the cleanup of a specific site – to carefully consider how multiple sites in a given area can be put back into reuse in a way that best benefits the surrounding neighborhood.  We look forward to continuing to work with DECD, our cities and towns, and other government and private sector partners to make this new grant program a success and to build on Connecticut’s role as a national leader in brownfield redevelopment.”

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