Stratford Lawmakers Applaud State Funding for Shakespeare Theatre, Sterling House Community Center

June 10, 2021

HARTFORD – Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), Representative Ben McGorty (R-Stratford), Representative Joe Gresko (D-Stratford) and Representative Phil Young (D-Stratford) applauded the passage of the state bond package that includes the authorization of $3 million for the Shakespeare Theater construction and $2 million for Sterling House Community Center renovations. This is the first step in the state bonding process.


“I appreciate the state recognizing the importance of these projects to Stratford families. I also want to thank local and state lawmakers for working collaboratively and advocating for the needs of families in our district,” said Sen. Kelly. “Over two years ago Stratford was devastated to lose an important piece of history. When the Shakespeare Theatre burned down, our entire community came together wanting to take action. This investment from the state is a key step in revitalizing the theater property, and preserving a piece of local, state, national and global history. In addition, I am pleased that the Sterling House Community Center, which does incredible work serving children, seniors, and families in Stratford, will receive needed state support to fund facility renovations. Sterling House is home to a food pantry, educational programs, summer camp, youth and adult programs, and so much more. Investing in this community center will help many families across Stratford.”


Rep. McGorty said: “The theater fire was a devastating loss of not only a historic piece of Stratford, but a unique cultural landmark of worldwide renown. I am appreciative of the members of the General Assembly for recognizing the importance of this redevelopment project to the Town of Stratford and to its residents,” Rep. McGorty said. “Additionally, the Sterling House provides vital services to many families within my district, and I’m glad to see they were included in this package as well. I look forward to the final decision of the Governor’s Bond Commission with regards to both of these projects.”


“It was a pleasure working with the Stratford delegation on this pair of projects which are iconic for our town,” said Rep. Gresko.  “When these funds are finally allocated, the Shakespeare theater property will continue its revitalization and comeback and the Sterling House Community Center will get another round of renovations, allowing a continuation of services, programs and community spirit the facility is famous for in town.”


“This funding is great news for the Sterling House and our community. My colleagues and I worked hard to ensure that this item was included, and I am thrilled that we were able to secure the funding,” said Rep. Young.


The bond bill authorizes the investment in these projects, the first step in the bonding process. Next, the projects will be considered by the State Bond Commission before the funds will be allocated.