Contact: Kerensa Konesni
February 11, 2016
Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague) joined Governor Dannel P. Malloy today to announce the approval of a grant that that Marlborough town officials have said is vital for the community’s economic future. This grant will allow the town to increase water storage capacity in the Village Center, allowing for commercial development. Montville will receive a grant to upgrade the Montville Transfer Station, allowing for increased recycling at the facility. Hebron will receive a grant to begin the process of revitalizing an unused local property. Senator Osten has worked alongside local officials in each of these communities to advocate for and secure the grants.
“Marlborough’s Village Center is an area with immense potential for economic growth and I am thrilled that we were able to take this important step toward capitalizing on it,” said Senator Osten. “The grants announced today are critically important for the economic health of Marlborough, Montville and Hebron. I look forward to seeing each one of these projects develop in the coming months.”
“For too long this property in Hebron has stood vacant and unused,” said Senator Osten. “I long advocated for this funding because I know the burden of cleaning up brownfields should not be on small town budgets. We need to reinvigorate this area and this is a tremendous step in the right direction. I would also like to thank Governor Malloy for his commitment to this project and his dedication to these types of projects all around the state.”
Marlborough will receive $500,000 to increase the Village Center’s water system storage capacity by 30,000 gallons to meet potential commercial demand. Increased capacity will improve access to public water, reducing the need for new businesses to construct wells for water access. The design, drilling and testing of a well can be as expensive as $20,000 and take up sizeable portion of developable land. On an average day there are 18,000 vehicle trips through the Village Center, and town officials believe that with increased water access they can capitalize on the commercial potential of the area. Retail and grocery spaces have already been approved, which would not be possible without public water service.
Montville will receive $475,000 for the transfer station. The project proposes upgrades to the Montville Transfer Station to support the aggressive recycling program along with collection of solid municipal waste at the current facility. The upgrades will make it possible for the town to fully comply with current standards and make the necessary environmental, safety and accessibility improvements. The additional benefits to the local community will include improved traffic flow better organization and improved access and egress.
Yesterday it was announced that Hebron will receive a $95,000 grant to begin planning for the cleanup of a property on 459 Church Street. The property is currently occupied by a three story, 12,540 square foot brick building which developers believe could be cleaned up and rehabilitated for use as housing, a restaurant, or other commercial use.
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