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Contact: Adam Joseph

January 22, 2016

Schools, Aquarium & Mill Hill—Duff Delivers for Norwalk

Senate Majority Leader secures funding for Norwalk Public Schools, the Mill Hill Historic Park, the Maritime Aquarium, and the Lockwood Mathews Mansion

NORWALK, CT—Today, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) announced the State Bond Commission is expected to approve over $3 million grant-in-aid funding in total for the Mill Hill Historic Park, the Maritime Aquarium, the Lockwood Mathews Mansion, and the Norwalk Public Schools.

“Mill Hill, the Maritime Aquarium, and the Lockwood Mathews Mansion are cultural gems in our community,” said Senator Duff. “This state funding will provide critical upgrades, renovations, and improvements to keep these places in top form for years to come. Also, the additional education funding will provide extra support for our school budget and help reduce the burden on local property taxes. Thanks to Governor Malloy for his support for this important funding for Norwalk.”

“This funding will help improve and expand services for residents, improving quality of life and making Norwalk an even greater place to live, work, and raise a family. We’re glad to make this funding possible—it will go a long way,” Governor Malloy said.

The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk will receive $2 million in grant-in-aid funding for finance various renovations, improvements and technology upgrades. The improvements include electrical, mechanical and fire safety improvements, IMAX technology upgrades and renovations to tanks and exhibits.

“We are really excited to have Senator Duff as an ongoing continued supporter,” said Brian Davis the President and CEO of the Maritime Aquarium. “These funds will enable us to make upgrades to the aging infrastructure of the facility. This will help us create the best experience for our guests and the highest quality environment for our animals. I am tremendously thankful for these funds. We will make sure we continue to do our part to support and grow tourism in Norwalk and the state of Connecticut. I can’t begin to thank everyone enough for what this does for this organization.”

The Mill Hill Historic Park will receive $625,000 in grant-in-aid funding to the city of Norwalk for renovations and improvements to the historic buildings at the park.

“I am absolutely thrilled that Norwalk, which has so many needs, is in line to receive funding for its schools, Mill Hill Historic Park, the Aquarium and Lockwood Mathews Mansion,” Rep. Bruce Morris (D-Norwalk) said. “Our public schools are obviously most important and we need to make sure that the buildings are in good shape so that our teachers can fulfil their duties.”

The Lockwood Mathews Mansion will receive $500,000 in grant-in-aid funding for ADA compliance improvements.

“I am pleased that four of Norwalk’s most important assets including the Alliance District will receive funding for critical improvement,” said Rep. Chris Perone (D-Norwalk). “This is something that is crucial for the long term academic success of Norwalk students.”

The Norwalk Public Schools will receive $328,391 in grant-in-aid funding as a part of the Alliance Districts program for general improvements to school buildings. The funding can be used on projects such as improvements to windows, doors, boilers, heating and ventilation systems, communications/technology systems, lockers, floors, ceilings, restrooms, lighting, energy efficiency, entryways, driveways, parking areas, play areas, athletic fields, various equipment, roof repairs and installation or upgrade of security equipment.

Norwalk is also scheduled to receive $17.5 million to finance design, engineering and construction of a new dock yard on the Danbury branch line in Norwalk under the Let’s Go! CT program.

The request for funding is included on this month’s State Bond Commission agenda and is expected to be approved at its meeting on January 29.


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