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Carlo Leone

Representing Stamford & Darien

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Stamford Wins Big With State Bond Commission

STAMFORD—State Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) today applauded the State Bond Commission for making $8.4 million worth of investments in Stamford veterans, students, businesses, children and arts patrons.

“As one of the largest cities in Connecticut, Stamford is a hub of economic and civic activity. I’m happy the Bond Commission recognizes that and eases the burden on local taxpayers by underwriting the cost of these local improvements,” said Sen. Leone, who is an Air Force veteran. “I’m especially happy the state will pay to finish the redesign of Veterans Park, which is a project that I and others have been working on for several years. It has been a team effort. I think this park is going to be not only a public space and a place for veterans’ events, but it will serve as a reminder every day of the contributions of America’s vets.”

“The Veterans Park Partnership is excited to have the state join the public-private partnership that has been working for many years to rebuild this important downtown public space to be commensurate with the service and sacrifice made by our veterans and their families,” said Rick Redniss, who is president of the Partnership. “This funding, together with contributions from the City of Stamford, SLGreen Realty Corp, and many others, ensures that the entire park can now be fully transformed. We thank the governor, our Stamford legislative delegation, and everyone who helped make this funding possible.”

The Stamford bonding approved today includes:

  • A $3 million grant through the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s Economic Development and Manufacturing Assistance Act to KPMG to assist with equipment, leasehold improvements and related approved costs for expansion in Stamford. The company will retain 546 jobs and create up to 110 new jobs within four years. The grant will be paid upon KPMG meeting job creation and retention goals.
  • A $2 million grant through the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the completion of improvements to Veterans Park.
  • A $1,221,000 grant through the state Office of Policy and Management’s urban development program to the Stamford Center for the Arts to assist with replacement of the roof on the Rich Forum and replacement of the seating and aisle lighting at the Palace Theater.
  • An $850,000 grant through the state Department of Education charter school assistance fund to the Stamford Charter School for Excellence for building renovations.
  • An $823,000 grant to Optimus Health for renovations to the second floor of the 805 Atlantic Street facility in Stamford. The renovations will provide for eight additional medical exam rooms, a new nursing station, and four additional doctor’s offices.
  • A $255,000 grant to The Boys and Girls Club at the Yerwood Center in Stamford for installation of an elevator for accessibility.
  • $243,356 for Rippowam Middle and Westhill High Schools for alterations, repairs, improvements, technology and equipment to help address building and site deficiencies, and to promote the health, safety, and learning of the students.

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