(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that six municipalities in the state – East Hartford, Meriden, New Britain, Old Saybrook, Waterbury, and Torrington – are being awarded over $1 million in state grants to develop plans for remediating and developing clusters of brownfield sites.
The funds are being awarded through the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Brownfield Area-Wide Revitalization (BAR) Grant program, a pilot program Governor Malloy signed into law last summer that encourages communities to consider areas such as neighborhoods, downtowns, waterfront districts, or other sections with multiple brownfields and develop strategies to assess, clean up, and reuse the parcels for business, housing, and public amenities that will generate jobs and revenues and revitalize the entire area.
Meriden will use $100,000 in state funds to further revitalization and redevelopment in the TOD and Choice Neighborhoods target areas. Funds will be used for several key projects including:
- Update Market Assessment: Complete TOD Market Assessment for 100,000 sf +/- within the TOD District.
- Recommend mix of office/retail/commercial development in the TOD area and include projected rental rates.
- Recommend specific incentives to attract developers to the TOD area.
- Identify at least three potential commercial/retail/office partners likely to consider locating in downtown Meriden.
- Marketing Materials: Prepare a standardized marketing package targeting potential commercial/ retail/ office tenants. Outreach packets will include, at minimum, information and progress on Meriden TOD/HUB area/Transit Center, list of available sites for commercial/retail/office use, explanation of existing and potential development incentives and strategies, such as property tax incentives, TIFs, land assemblage, shared parking.
- Site Reuse concept plans, including at least one rendering per site for the following sites:
- 1 King Place
- 16 Church Street
- 25-33 Colony Street