Nathan Hale Terrace, Willimantic (Credit: Google Map Data, 2020)

$13.3 Million for Twelve Small Cities Across Connecticut

Twelve municipalities across the state received federal grant funding totaling $13.3 million through the Community Development Block Grant Small Cities program, Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno announced on Friday. 

Administered by the Connecticut Department of Housing with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the program funds projects that develop housing and infrastructure in smaller communities to primarily benefit lower-income residents.   

“These grants go a long way toward improving neighborhoods so that we can make our communities more attractive and encourage continued growth for the benefit of all of our residents,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a press release. “They also create good jobs at good wages that help keep people employed across our state.”

The town of Ledyard will receive $1.5 million to improve King’s Corner Manor, a 40-year-old affordable senior housing development. The 30-unit building will receive new windows and doors, improved air conditioning and heating, and ADA improvements. 

Nathan Hale Terrace, an affordable housing complex in Windham home to more than 300 residents, will receive $1.5 million to complete construction on 50 remaining units, as well as upgrade existing electrical systems and insulation. 

The Jewett City Wastewater Treatment Plant will receive $1 million to improve flood control measures. The plant nearly completely flooded in 2010, a concern for the municipality considering the facility processes more than 275,000 gallons of raw sewage daily. The grant will fund a concrete wall along the Quinebaug River and elevate the access road to the facility. 

The town of Mansfield will receive nearly $750,000, which will in part be used to replace an older fire truck with a newer model that improves the safety of firefighters in multi-story structures. 

The other municipalities receiving grants are Ansonia, Cheshire, Coventry, East Hampton, Kent, Naugatuck, Plymouth, and Putnam.

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