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STATE SENATOR

Doug McCrory

Lifting as We Climb

Investing in Hartford

This week, the State Bond Commission approved nearly $70 million worth of state loans and grants in order to make a variety of economic and quality of life investments in Hartford—particularly in the North End of Hartford that I represent in the General Assembly.

Without exaggeration, this is probably the largest and most consequential influx of state bonding for Hartford that I have seen in my 14 years in the state legislature. Its effect will be transformative. I hope everyone appreciates the investment that the state is making in its people and in its capital city!

Among the items approved:

  • $12 million loan for the planned Downtown North redevelopment, including 150 to 200 apartments adjacent to Dunkin Donuts Park
  • $8.5 million loan to assist with the development of a grocery store at the corner of Albany Avenue and Main Street
  • $8.4 million loan to assist with the development of 108 units of market-rate housing and related retail/commercial space at the corner of Park and Main streets
  • $4 million loan to help refurbish historic neighborhood retail buildings along Albany Avenue and Main Street
  • $4 million grant to replace sidewalks, plant street trees, and install traffic calming measures
  • $3 million grant to renovate the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, including electrical upgrades, code and safety improvements, roof and masonry repairs, elevator upgrades, restroom improvements and flooring replacement
  • $1 million grant for Riverfront Recapture to extend the Hartford Riverwalk north of Riverside Park
  • $1 million for track improvements and field lighting at Hartford Public High School
  • $590,000 grant for traffic signals
  • $450,000 for the Charter Oak Health Center to renovate and improve a building next to its Grand Street location in order to expand programs and services
  • $25.7 million for the Capital Region Development Authority to finance various infrastructure, housing and community development programs in Hartford.

Standing Up for Coach Ollie

Some things just have to be said, so I took a moment this week to speak my mind on the issue of UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie having to fight to get what is rightfully his. I hope you agree!