During the past year, our community of Shelton has seen some promising developments. While the nation's economy slowly improves, we must consider how the local economy stands to benefit from several important decisions on both public and private levels. I am certainly optimistic that Shelton may soon see improvements in the local economy and overall quality of life. In this week's column, I would like to highlight some of the reasons to be optimistic about our city's future, including increased economic development and improved opportunities for recreation.
Across our state, many communities have former manufacturing and industrial sites that long ago provided jobs and produced goods that were sold throughout the nation and world. If not redeveloped over the years, these sites often remain in a state of limbo largely to the detriment of surrounding neighborhoods. Known as brownfields, these are defined by Connecticut General Statutes as "any abandoned or underutilized site where redevelopment, reuse or expansion has not occurred due to the presence or potential presence of pollution in the buildings, soil or groundwater that requires investigation or remediation before or in conjunction with the restoration, redevelopment, reuse and expansion of the property."