CORRECTION–Shelton awarded $875,000 grant to demolish vacant Canal st. building

This brick structure at 223 Canal St. would be torn down to make way for a new apartment building.

This brick structure at 223 Canal St. would be torn down to make way for a new apartment building.

Editor’s note– In an earlier post we mentioned the grant money would be used to demolish the old Chromium Process building, that is not the case. The building that is going to be demolished is 223 Canal St. A contract to demolish the long-vacant Chromium Process factory will be put out to bid this month.

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that Shelton has been awarded a $875,000 grant to demolish an old building located at 223 Canal st.

James Ryan, the president of the Shelton Economic Development Corporation, said the grant puts the city in a better position to achieve its goal of redevelopment in the downtown and more specifically Canal st. area.

“This is really confirmation that Shelton’s approach to redevelopment is sensible, in the public’s interest, and that it’s going to continue to get good results,” said Ryan.

“In a new economic reality, transforming and remediating sites is so important. We’re on the cutting edge of taking otherwise unusable property and transforming it into new space for businesses and residents.  These strategic investments help towns and cities take abandoned, blighted, and vacant properties, and bring them back to life in order to spur new investments, new development, and new jobs for those in the communities,” Governor Malloy said.  “Since 2012, we’ve committed more than $150 million to investigate, clean up, and revitalize hundreds acres of property in communities in every corner of our state.  It’s an extraordinary amount – and it’s all designed to ensure that we are building for the future.”

The grants come under the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Brownfield Remediation Program. Under today’s round of allocations, a total of $7 million will go towards the cleanup and redevelopment of five former industrial sites, while $1.7 million will be put towards the assessment of twelve other sites around the state.

“Cleaning up toxic and blighted properties is integral to creating attractive, livable communities,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said.  “These investments mean healthier cities and towns, but they also attract activity and help build neighborhoods, adding commerce, housing, retail, and greenspace.  This funding is an important part of strengthening and expanding our economy, and inspiring smart growth.”

For more information about DECD’s brownfield redevelopment programs, visit www.ctbrownfields.gov.

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