Witkos, Chapin, Case Applaud Grant for Riverfront Redevelopment

September 18, 2014

Torrington – Today Torrington was awarded a $100,000 state grant to investigate brownfield clean up in conjunction with the city’s riverfront redevelopment strategy. Torrington legislators Senator Kevin Witkos (R-8), Senator Clark Chapin (R-30) and Representative Jay Case (R-63) applaud the award, which will support the remediation of a seven-acre site at 100 Franklin Drive for potential redevelopment.

“Remediating brownfields is a vital component of community growth and economic development,” said Sen. Chapin. “I want to congratulate city officials on securing this well-deserved state support. This important award will give Torrington the tools we need to examine and advance significant community improvements.”

“The first step to building a more vibrant community is making sure our environment is clean, healthy and prepped for new growth,” said Sen. Witkos. “Torrington has a very bright future thanks to the hard work of community officials in laying out an exciting plan for redevelopment.”

“Brownfield remediation is foundational to improving our communities,” Rep. Case said. “Torrington’s administration and its residents should be commended for their hard work and dedication to redevelopment.”

The Department of Economic and Community Development is providing funding to Torrington as part of a larger effort to aid eligible cities, towns, and regional development agencies in assessing and investigating brownfields in their communities. Prior to redevelopment of a brownfield or suspected contaminated site, environmental assessments are often required to provide more information to potential developers about the site’s environmental conditions. Torrington is one of 11 towns and cities receiving a grant today.