Meriden 2020, Bringing It Together

Meriden Awarded $1.72 million to advance development at 11 Crown St.

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) will award $7 million to 12 brownfield redevelopment and assessment projects across the state, including $5.4 million to four remediation and redevelopment projects and $1.5 million to eight projects for assessment and investigation.  Together, the projects will help clean up and assess a total of 462 acres of commercial, industrial and municipal properties.

“Remediating and redeveloping these sites helps jumpstart local economies by rehabilitating areas, putting them back into use for development, and creating jobs for residents,” Governor Malloy said.  “Over the last few years we’ve made historic investments in remediating contaminated properties for redevelopment, and these additional projects further demonstrate our commitment to our cities and towns.”

Funding will be awarded through the Connecticut Remedial Action and Redevelopment Municipal Grant Program, which provides grants to municipalities and economic development agencies to support remediation, abatement, and demolition activities prior to redevelopment and to conduct environmental site assessments.  Goals of the program include augmenting the state’s investment by leveraging the maximum amount of private funds, reactivating long-stalled sites, and encouraging job creation.

The four remediation and redevelopment projects, which represent 11 acres of potential redevelopment statewide, include:


  *   Meriden — $1,725,000 to remediate and rehabilitate the former Record Journal building at 11 Crown Street.  The proposed private development includes 81 residential units and commercial/retail space.  (View application here.
  *   Middletown — $500,000 to remediate a former retail facility at 339 Main Street into a vibrant, mixed-use facility that will serve as a destination for consumers.
  *   Stratford — $1,205,000 to remediate and abate a 3.6-acre former public school site at 1000 East Broadway. The town plans to seek redevelopment opportunities that feature mixed-use, transit-oriented development.
  *   Vernon — $2,000,000 to remediate and redevelop the Amerbelle Mill and Daniels Mill in the heart of the downtown Rockville historic district.  These properties have the potential for significant commercial development.

 

The City of Meriden will use the funding to remove lead contaminated soils and to remove and dispose of hazardous building materials (including lead, PCBs and asbestos) prior to redevelopment. Redevelopment may include demolition and/or selective demolition of the site's existing 33,000 sf office building.  The proposed future development of the site includes a $27 million privately developed mixed use, mixed income housing development containing up to 81 housing units that overlooks the new park at the HUB site and will allow residents to walk to the new train station.   For more information, contact the City of Meriden Office of Economic Development.