NEW HAVEN RECEIVES $400,000 IN GRANTS FROM THE EPA FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLEAN-UP IN FAIR HAVEN
(5/14/2007) 2 Brownfields Grants Focused on Improvement on River Street
NEW HAVEN- At a press conference today, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and the Enivronmental Protection Agency announced that New Haven has been selected as one of ten cities in Connecticut to receive Brownfields grants from the Agency. The grant proposals were drafted by the Regional Growth Partnership to offset the cost of environmental clean-up at the City owned properties located at 56 River Street and 34 Lloyd Street, both part of the Municipal Development Project (MDP) in Fair Haven that spans 53 acres.
The City received two Brownfields grants each of $200,000 for the clean-up project. These funds will be used to support industrial redevelopment of the 2.8 acre site located on River Street and the 1.75 acre site located on Lloyd Street.
“We are thankful to the Environmental Protection Agency for granting New Haven these funds to continue redevelopment and improvement efforts in the River Street Municipal Development Project,” said DeStefano. “The rebuilding of River Street in 2005 was a great start, with the support of the Federal and State governments, we will be able to move forward in bringing new life, business and opportunity to this neighborhood.”
After the clean-up efforts are completed on the River Street MDP, the City will prepare to sell the property to an expanding business creating a number of new jobs and increasing the presence of businesses on that street. The reconstruction of River Street was completed in 2005. Grants from the State of Connecticut and the U.S. Economic Development Administration as well as a previous $300,000 grant from the EPA have allowed for the improvement of side streets in the district, the stabilization of the shoreline and construction of a landscaped, pedestrian walkway.
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