Contact: Lawrence Cook
January 15, 2016
MERIDEN—State Senator Danté Bartolomeo (D-Meriden) announced today that under the auspices of the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield Area-Wide Revitalization (BAR) Grant program, Meriden is receiving a $100,000 state grant to complete a retail, arts and cultural plan for its Transit Oriented Development District.
The BAR program, which was signed into law last summer, encourages communities to consider areas such as neighborhoods, downtowns, or other areas with multiple brownfields and to develop strategies to assess the cleanup and reuse of those parcels for business, housing and public amenities that will generate jobs and revenue.
“Once again the State of Connecticut is providing critical funding and joining Meriden in its huge endeavor to recreate our historic downtown and bring a new vitality and economy to the HUB and surrounding areas,” Sen. Bartolomeo said. “This bipartisan legislation is helping communities all across Connecticut, and I want to thank Meriden city officials and the governor for applying for these funds, making them available, and for believing in Meriden, its people and our future.”
“We are committed to remediating brownfield sites in all corners of our state because this type of redevelopment serves to create new jobs, utilize existing infrastructure and improve and protect the health of our citizens and the environment,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy in announcing the Meriden grant and others. “This new brownfields program is rewarding the communities that are prepared to undertake major developments for blighted areas. The municipalities chosen have demonstrated that they are committed and willing to strategically transform their communities.”
“Many cities and towns across Connecticut are burdened by multiple brownfields in an area or neighborhood. Determining how to best clean up and reuse these sites is a challenge that requires both a strong technical understanding of the contamination on each site, and an understanding of what type of reuse will best serve a neighborhood and its residents,” Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Rob Klee said. “These grants will help cities and towns to consider brownfield redevelopment in a holistic manner that protects human health and the environment and considers what is best for a neighborhood and its residents.” The $100,000 state grant is just the latest state aid for Meriden’s downtown redevelopment; since 2011, the state has allocated over $19 million to Meriden for flood control, housing and redevelopment efforts.
Last summer, the state helped to break ground on the construction of a mixed-use residential and retail complex and parking garage on Colony Street as part of a larger plan to establish a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) district in connection with Meriden’s new Intermodal Transit Center. That construction is a collaborative effort between the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), Meriden Housing Authority (MHA) and the Connecticut-based Westmount Development Group. It is expected to generate $36.67 million in regional economic activity and create 259 new jobs.
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