Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti took U.S Sen. Chris Murphy on a tour of some of the city\u2019s brownfield sites, including the old Chromium building located on Canal street, to help convey what redevelopment projects are to come and what funds are required for them to be completed. Lauretti and the outgoing president of the Shelton Economic Development Corporation, James Ryan, said they think Sen. Murphy could play a key role in the city receiving federal funds to back the development projects. \u201cAt the end of the day these projects are a win for everybody,\u201d said Lauretti. \u201cThe brownfield initiatives are a real star for city government because if you can take a property that has been unproductive, properties that have been unproductive for 25, 30, 40, 50 years and get them back on the tax roles with private investment at the table, how is that not a good thing?\u201d Lauretti said brownfield developments are the next step for Shelton in the process of reinventing the city. \u201cShelton isn\u2019t any different than the other Valley communities with an industrial past going back 100 years,\u201d said Lauretti. \u201cThis project is the next step in a string of things. Success breeds success.\u201d Although Shelton recently received a $200,000 federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant to help clean up the waterfront property in the city\u2019s downtown, the city requires more funds for these developments and cleanup projects. Ryan said EPA\u2019s grant although helpful, doesn\u2019t come close to covering the city\u2019s required funds. \u201cThe EPA is grossly underfunded,\u201d said Ryan. Murphy agreed with the mayor\u2019s positive outlook on the redevelopment of brownfield sites, but he also noted the tight federal budget which will lead him to look for creative tax incentives for private investors. \u201cIt\u2019s unlikely that EPA\u2019s budget is going to triple,\u201d said Murphy. He suggested that the responsibility falls on the entire country to help fund projects like this, not just the states in the northeast. \u201cThe country owes us a debt in the Northeast that they haven\u2019t paid. The country grew economically because of the Industrial Revolution that occurred here in New England. The whole reason that South Carolina and Alabama and Texas get to grow today economically is because we grew 100 years ago,\u201d said Murphy. \u201cBut we grew when we didn\u2019t know what we putting into the walls and into the ground, so we now have a bill that the whole country needs to help us pay. It isn\u2019t just our problem.\u201d The Planning and Zoning Commission will met 7 p.m Jan. 12 to give the final approval for the construction of 60 plus condos in the place of the old Spongex building on Canal Street. Lauretti said he expects the commission to approve the condo project and the growth that can be seen in the downtown area is a trend that he plans to continue in the city\u2019s future.