Smart Growth is on the Agenda | CT Environmental Headlines: Governor M. Jodi Rell announced a host of smart growth projects are on the agenda for the Jan. 30, 2009 State Bond Commission. As part of her Connecticut Stimulus Package, she announced $175,300,000 for the following urban revitalization, Fix it First, transit, and transit-oriented development projects is due for commission approval:
• $2 million to clean up a “brownfield” at the former Conco Medical site in Bridgeport;
• $2.5 million for design, right of way for new West Haven rail station;
• $2.8 million to fund construction costs associated with New Haven’s River Street development;
• $13 million for signal upgrades and design for the New Haven rail line;
• $20 million for foundation construction on the Moses Wheeler Bridge on Interstate 95 between Stratford and Milford;
• $135 million in construction and upgrades for municipal wastewater and sewage treatment plants under the Clean Water Fund facilities slated for funds include those in Norwalk, New Haven, Bridgeport, West Haven, Torrington, and the Metropolitan District Commission.
In addition, Rell announced today that The Georgetown Redevelopment Project in Redding will receive $3.5 million in tax increment financing through the Connecticut Development Authority to revitalize the former Gilbert and Bennett Wire Mills industrial site.
This National EPA Smart Growth Award-winning project will provide a mix of uses, including market rate residential housing; affordable senior housing; artist style lofts; the return of the Georgetown Train Station; a community theater, commercial, retail and office space; and other public and community facilities.