Fairfield Delegation Announces $450,000 STEAP Grant to Implement Streetscape Program and Building Renovations

April 3, 2008

Hartford, CT – State Senator John McKinney (R-28) today joined State Representatives Tom Christiano (D-134), Tom Drew (D-132) and Kim Fawcett (D-133) to announce that the State Bond Commission has approved a $450,000 STEAP Grant for the Town of Fairfield. The funding will be used to implement a downtown streetscape program and to renovate a rundown building on Sanford Street for use as a center for the arts, film and cultural activities.

“This funding will provide the resources needed to implement our streetscape program and provide a place for the community to come together for arts and cultural activities,” said Senator McKinney. “This investment will help make downtown Fairfield an even more attractive place for small businesses, consumers and the arts.”

“I am very thankful Fairfield’s downtown has had such an extraordinary turn around during the past several years. We should be extremely focused on strengthening this momentum further and not being complacent,” Representative Drew said. “This investment leverages all the private and public sector investments that have already occurred to be a magnet bringing people and business downtown. I’m delighted so many worked together so well to achieve this approval and I thank everyone involved.”

“I am thrilled that working together as Fairfield’s legislative team we’ve been able to help take the Fairfield Art district to the next level,” Rep. Fawcett said.

“This is a prime example of what can be accomplished when colleagues make a concerted effort to promote initiatives that benefit their constituencies,” Rep. Christiano said. “I am pleased to have been able to contribute and will continue to work to bring state funds home.”

The funds are being made available through the Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP). STEAP provides financial assistance for projects that encourage economic development and preserve the character of the state’s less populated towns.