Sen. Kissel Applauds State Grant $$$ for Enfield, Somers, and Windsor

June 25, 2021

Sen. John A. Kissel today applauded the announcement of state grants to help with the costs of assessing and remediating blighted properties in north-central Connecticut.

“We want to clean up these properties and put them back into productive use,” Sen. Kissel said. “Our region received special attention in this round of grants, and I am grateful to the governor and state officials for recognizing our needs.”

The grants are from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield Remediation Program. The funding from the state is expected to leverage private funding and help in the investigation and clean-up of approximately hundreds of acres of land.

The grants are as follows:

Enfield, 17 North Main Street: $47,000 to conduct additional investigative work and prepare a remedial action plan prior to demolition of the Strand Theater building to help position the site for redevelopment.

Enfield, North River Street: $175,000 for advanced assessment/investigation to allow for the redevelopment of this waterfront/transit-oriented development site, home to the former power plant for the Bigelow-Hartford Carpet Mill.

Somers, 40 Maple Street: $65,730 for advanced investigation of the former Somersville Mill site which will pave the way for construction of a new four-story building with approximately 70 apartments.

Hartford/Windsor: $1,220,000 to Riverfront Recapture, Inc. for cleanup and capping activities in the Windsor Meadows State Park (73 Meadow Road, Windsor) and multiple contiguous parcels located around 228 Leibert Road in Hartford. This will help in the creation of a 9-acre cove to support a new paddle sport and outdoors park as well as land for mixed-use housing, office space and/or retail in subsequent phases.

“From Enfield and Somers to Windsor, our communities will use these grants wisely,” Sen. Kissel said. “Our shared goal is to improve the quality of life throughout our state, and these targeted redevelopment funds will help us to accomplish that goal.”

Sen. Kissel represents Enfield, East Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks and parts of Granby and Windsor.