Stratford Delegation Praises $500,000 Brownfield Grant for Two Roads Brewing Company

March 28, 2012

Hartford – State Senator Kevin Kelly (R-21) and State Representatives Laura Hoydick (R-120), Terry Backer (D-121) and Larry Miller (R-122) applauded the decision to award a $500,000 grant for brownfield remediation of the former U.S. Baird site in Stratford. The property at 1650-1700 Stratford Avenue is slated to be redeveloped into the Two Roads Brewing Company.

“I am pleased that this grant has been awarded and will now pave the way for more jobs in Stratford,” said Senator Kelly. “It is clear that this investment will both clean up our community and create local jobs. This is an excellent example of what we can accomplish by working together, and I look forward to future opportunities to support economic development in our towns.”

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) announced this award as part of the second round of grants and loans totaling $16 million that will be awarded to brownfield projects across the state.

“This is a meaningful event for Stratford that will result in job creation and the return of a significant property in our community to a productive status,” said Representative Hoydick. “These grant funds are a natural next step following the bipartisan jobs bill last fall that is aimed at helping return businesses and jobs to this state and to Stratford specifically.”

“I’m grateful to Governor Malloy for approving this $500,000 grant in my district,” said Representative Backer. “Reusing an industrial site for an industrial/commercial purpose while generating jobs and bolstering our tax base is a success on all fronts.”

This project has a total cost of $574,000, including a hazardous buildings materials (HBM) inspection report, remediation and abatement. Ultimately, the Two Roads Brewing Company has plans to bring about 70 jobs to Stratford.

“I am grateful for the state grant,” said Representative Miller. “The legislature should always be looking for ways to promote jobs in Connecticut. This Brownfield program is a doing just that for Stratford.”

The Stratford legislative delegation also sent a letter of support for the application to Catherine Smith, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, on Thursday, February 29th.