Contact: Kevin Coughlin
April 25, 2012
State Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) and State Representatives Tom Reynolds (D-Ledyard) and Elissa Wright (D-Groton) announced today that the State of Connecticut will soon make an investment in conjunction with the Town of Groton and the Town of Ledyard to acquire land adjacent to the United States Navy Submarine Base New London.
Acquisition of the land is expected to enhance the military value of the base by preventing encroachment along its boundaries. The effort is the latest in a series of moves by state and federal officials to avoid possible closure of the base during a future military Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
“We want to ensure that the sub base remains here in Groton for a long time to come, and that means doing all we can to enhance the quality of the base and its value to the military. At present, the base is boxed in on all sides. This added land would provide a buffer between the base facilities and neighboring properties, which is an important part of the scoring matrix used by the military to assess bases and make closure decisions,” said Senator Maynard.
“I am grateful to our Governor Dannel Malloy, our congressional delegation and the local sub base coalition for their tireless work,” said Rep. Reynolds. “I am quite pleased to see this property purchase moving forward once the State Bond Commission approves the item at their next meeting on Friday, April 27th.”
“Allocation of these bond funds to enable the towns of Groton and Ledyard to purchase companion parcels of land adjacent to the Submarine Base is another significant step the state has taken to support the needs of the base and bolster its military value,” Rep. Wright said.
“These acquisitions will prevent future encroachments near the perimeter of the Sub Base; improve traffic flow at the intersection near the main entrance to the base and the Nautilus Museum; and address security concerns. They complement much larger federal investments in the facility and illustrate an unprecedented partnership between the state and a U.S. Navy installation,” she added.
Submarine Base New London, despite its name, straddles the border of Groton and Ledyard.
On Friday, the State Bond Commission is expected to grant $455,000 to the Town of Groton to finance acquisition of property at the intersection of Crystal Lake Road and Military Highway. This will allow for upgrades to Crystal Lake Road and prevent encroachment along the southern boundary of the base.
The Bond Commission will also provide $225,000 to the Town of Ledyard to finance acquisition of 20 acres of property alongside the base on Colonel Ledyard Highway.
Senator Maynard said, “When the federal government looks at Groton, they see a base that benefits from an incredible cooperative relationship with Electric Boat—the key feature that has kept the base open so far. But by making improvements—like this land acquisition, and like the training facilities and new pier completed a couple of weeks ago—we can make the base’s future even more secure.”
State Senator Andrew Maynard is Senate Chair of the Transportation Committee. He represents the 18th Senatorial District communities of Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington and Voluntown.
Tom Reynolds is the State Representative in the 42nd Assembly District of Ledyard, Preston and part of Montville. He serves as Deputy Majority Leader.
Elissa Wright is serving her third term as state representative from Groton’s 41st District. She serves as Assistant Majority Leader, vice chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, and as a member of the Environment and Judiciary Committees.
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