State lawmakers applaud Army Engine Plant grant

February 16, 2016

Stratford’s state representatives are pleased to hear about the $200,000 state grant that will be used for investigatory work at the Stratford Army Engine Plant.

In a joint statement, state Reps. Joe Gresko, Laura Hoydick and Ben McGorty and State Sen. Kevin Kelly announced their support for the grant, which Gov. Dannel Malloy announced on Wednesday. The grant was part of an $8.7 million outlay to help revitalize and remediate brownfield properties in order for them to be put back into productive use. The grant was among several issued through the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield Remediation Program.

“Considering the proposed site development includes a residential component, further study of the level of remediation necessary is most welcome,” said Gresko, who took over as the 121st District state representative on Feb. 3 after winning a special election to succeed the late Rep. Terry Backer.

Hoydick said she is “encouraged that the project has recently received a bonding grant, and now a brownfield grant from the State of Connecticut,”

“The project is vital to Stratford’s economic success and I applaud Mayor [John] Harkins and his administration for continuing to pursue all avenues of advancement with regard to this project,” she said.

McGorty said the grant is “an important step toward reclaiming this site for economic viability and use,” He added “The eventual restoration of this site is essential to Stratford’s future.”

Kelly said the grant continues the progress of transforming the former Army Engine plant into “a usable, clean and job creating development.”

“We appreciate the State of Connecticut’s investment in this property and the positive steps being made to return it to productive use,” Kelly said.

The grant follows a recent $500,000 grant-in-aid to Stratford for predevelopment planning and an environmental compliance analysis for the overall Point Stratford Renewal project. The eventual remediation of the 77-acre Point Stratford location will allow for large-scale multi-use redevelopment projects around this brownfield location in the south end of Stratford, along the Housatonic River.