REP. WARD, SEN. FASANO ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION IN BONDING FOR EAST HAVEN DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION

December 13, 2005

HARTFORD – The second phase of the downtown East Haven revitalization project is on track to continue with an additional $1 million grant from the state Bond Commission, House Republican Leader state Rep. Robert Ward (R-North Branford) and state Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) said today. The funding was approved by the Commission at their Friday meeting held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford .

“This support from the state, together with the investment from East Haven, will continue the dramatic overhaul of the downtown central business district,” Ward said.

Ward thanked Gov. Jodi Rell and the state Office of Policy & Management for moving the construction along in a timely fashion.

“The infrastructure improvements are vital to the city and will foster economic and cultural development,” Ward said. “The central business district will be able to attract more businesses and foot traffic.”

“It is great that the state and the town have been able to work hand in hand as East Haven ‘s downtown revitalization continues,” said Senator Fasano, who is Ranking Member of the Planning and Development Committee. “With this state and local support we are well on our way to transforming downtown East Haven into a more attractive destination for businesses and residents alike.”

The two-phase project, which involves installing granite curbing, new lighting and benches and other aesthetic improvements, began last year and will amount to a total of more than $2 million, city officials said. The state and city will each share roughly half of the costs.