"These projects are part of reinventing Connecticut and making us a stronger, highly competitive, and more vibrant state." - Gov. Malloy
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (Jan. 4, 2012) announced the last round of Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) awards – including towns in the HTNP.com readership area.
The State Bond Commission allocated $20 million for 2012 STEAP grants in September 2011 – Gov. Malloy has been visiting some towns to make the announcements in person.
“Over the past several weeks I’ve enjoyed visiting the small towns across Connecticut that make our state a great place to live,” Gov. Malloy said today.
“Local leaders have done a tremendous job advocating for their communities and ensuring that these important projects are getting the attention and support they need and state government has stepped up as a partner in the effort to improve the quality of life for residents. These projects are part of reinventing Connecticut and making us a stronger, highly competitive, and more vibrant state.”
Awards by town:
Ashford was awarded $196,000 in STEAP funding to reconstruct part of Hnath Road. The reconstruction will help homeowners whose properties have been affected by poor drainage. The project will also provide safer conditions for drivers.
State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt said today, “This grant will pay dividends for years to come by helping to repair and upgrade a critical transportation artery in our town. I thank Gov. Malloy for his commitment to our small towns and in particular, for recognizing Ashford as a good long-term investment.”
Coventry was awarded $400,000 to construct sidewalks that will link schools and the library, and to make streetscape improvements in the Village Business District.
Upgrades to the business district began with ARRA (recovery) funding and could have a significant impact on the local economy.
State Rep. Tim Ackert (R- Coventry) said today, “The completion of the sidewalks linking the schools to the library will allow for safer passage of our children and encourage residents to use the town’s resources,”
“The improvement of the streetscape in the village district is an important project that may not otherwise be completed without the assistance of the STEAP grant. I believe this project will help improve the quality of life in Coventry in a meaningful way,” Rep. Ackert said.
Eastford received $386,680 to rehabilitate Mill Bridge Road #1, a major artery for Eastford Village. These funds will serve as the local match required to obtain federal funds to repair the bridge and preserve its historic appearance.
Hebron was awarded $214,000 to install traffic signals in the business district at the intersection of Route 66 and John Horton Boulevard.
This will serve existing development on Main Street and enhance traffic and pedestrian safety.
The project will also promote new business development in the business expansion area.
Mansfield received STEAP funds in the amount of $500,000 for infrastructure improvements along what will be known as Village Street in the new “downtown” created by the multimillion dollar Storrs Center project, now under construction off Route 195, across from the UConn campus and the Mansfield Town Hall (Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building).
The funds will be used for infrastructure (i.e. power lines) as part of creating Village Street.
Senate President Pro Tem Don Williams said today, “Building a strong Storrs Center for the benefit of residents, students and the local economy has been a priority for many years. This grant will help in continuing to move this project forward.”
State Rep. Gregg Haddad (D-Mansfield, Chaplin) said today, “Over the next two years, a wonderful and carefully planned mix of restaurants, shops, housing and a town square will take shape, with the state’s commitment to the Storrs Center project critical to its success. With close access to all the great cultural and athletic events at UConn, Storrs Center will be a very popular gathering place for both local residents and visitors.”
Marlborough will use $400,000 in STEAP funds for the final phase of streetscape improvements in the Village Center area. This project is estimated to create or retain 18 to 24 construction jobs, and will attract pedestrians to the business district in the community.
State Rep. Pam Sawyer said today, “STEAP Grants of this size are a real economic development tool for the small towns like Marlborough. The town will be now able to tackle a project that it would not be able to do on just local dollars. It is a real boost and for a reasonable amount of state dollars.”
Regional project – Connecticut Studios
South Windsor received $500,000 for infrastructure improvements associated with the development of the Connecticut Studios. State and local officials, working in conjunction with a development team, will construct a state-of-the-art movie studio production facility in South Windsor.
Connecticut Studios will includes 6 to 8 sound stages, a mill building for set manufacturing, as well as executive and production offices.
Ancillary development will include a 150-room hotel, retail, and several restaurants.
Upon completion, the studio is estimated to create 1,500 film production jobs.
During the development phase, over 500 union construction jobs will be created. “Ongoing operations” jobs will total close to 5,000. (All job estimates taken from CERC study on this project).
State Rep. Tim Larson said today, “This funding is not only important to our town, but also to the entire region, as it will help ensure surrounding infrastructure properly supports the exciting Connecticut Studio project. I thank Gov. Malloy for recognizing the economic benefits of this important project and his commitment to helping it become a success.”
State Rep. Bill Aman, who represents the 14th General Assembly District said today, “Economic development is among the most discussed topics in communities throughout the state and that’s the case here in South Windsor, where the I-291 gateway has been identified as an area where companies could thrive and create jobs.”
“This grant from the state represents a continuing investment in that effort, and it certainly signals that this community is motivated, organized and ready to work with companies looking for fertile ground,” Rep. Aman said.
Posted Jan. 4, 2012
Related link: Connecticut Studios info page on South Windsor Town Web site http://www.southwindsor.org/pages/swindsorct_IT/ct_studios/ctstudios
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