Seymour Legislators Applaud $500,000 Grant for Cleanup of Housatonic Wire Company

March 26, 2012

State Senators Kevin Kelly (R-21) and Rob Kane (R-32) and State Representative Len Greene (R-105) applauded the announcement of a $500,000 grant being allotted for the clean-up of the old Housatonic Wire Company building located in Seymour.

“I am pleased to see that this project can now move forward,” said State Senator Kelly. “Thanks to this grant, the Town of Seymour will be able to clean up the former Housatonic Wire Company site and pave the way for future economic development and jobs.”

The announcement came today from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) issuing more than $16 million in loans and grants for several brownfield projects across Connecticut.

“Getting this site cleaned up and back on the tax rolls will spell major relief for Seymour taxpayers,” said State Senator Rob Kane. “This stands to produce long-term dividends for the area business community as well. This is a real win-win situation for Seymour.”

The former Housatonic Wire Company, located on 109 River Street in Seymour, has been deemed by town officials in the recent weeks as unsafe and possibly unsanitary because of huge piles of rubble and portions of fire damage which have remained on the building grounds for several months.

State Representative Len Greene called today’s announcement a “great for the residents of Seymour.”

“Last fall we were able to secure a $200,000 loan for the property owner to clean up the site which is currently an unsightly and dangerous mess in the town,” said Greene. ”This loan will help us move to the second phase of the project, which is to remove the contamination from the site and make it a functioning location for economic development again.”

Rep. Greene, who serves on the Environment, Public Safety and Energy Committees, stressed the importance of these loans and grants for local and state-wide economic development.

Greene stated, “This is a smart investment by our state and these efforts will advance the economic productivity of our towns and cities across Connecticut.”

“This is a perfect example of our town working side by side with the state to shape our community for the better,” said Kurt Miller, First Selectman of the Town of Seymour. “I’m glad that we could come together to take the next step towards completing this long, overdue project.”

Funding for these clean-up projects from the DECD goes directly to municipalities, businesses, developers and regional development agencies and can be used for environmental assessment, planning, design, remediation, demolition, construction and acquisition.

For more information about the application process or other brownfield redevelopment programs visit DECD’s Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development (OBRD) at www.ctbrownfields.gov.