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Carlo Leone

Representing Stamford & Darien

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Leone Welcomes State Investment in Housing, Bridge Repair and Mill River Park Discovery Center

HARTFORD, CT – Today state Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) applauded news that the State Bond Commission will approve millions of dollars of funding for housing, bridge repair and a new attraction at Mill River Park.

“I am happy to report Stamford will receive funding to assist in moving these important projects forward,” said Sen. Leone. “From completing the renovation of Lawnhill Terrace’s affordable apartment units, to funding for innovative, efficient and quick repair of a bridge many motorist use, this funding will help immensely in seeing these projects through to their completion and greatly benefit the lives of many in Stamford.”

The State Bond Commission approved $4.7 million for the third phase of redevelopment at Lawnhill Terrace. The funding would assist in renovating the final 52 affordable units in the 86 unit rental development. Lawnhill Terrace is a state-assisted, moderate-rate, family community with 84 two and three bedroom apartments on Stamford’s East Side. It was originally constructed over 40 years ago. Phase three is currently under construction. The grounds at Lawnhill Terrace consist of a community room, on-site security, and a community playground.

In addition to funding for Lawnhill Terrace, $23 million has been approved for repairs for a bridge carrying Interstate 95 over Metro North Railroad and local roads in Stamford. The repair is made possible by the Innovative Bridge Delivery and Construction Program. Repairing bridges under this program leads to speedy and effective work and reduces the length of time motorists have to utilize detours on their commutes during construction.

The State Bond Commission also approved $3 million for a grant-in-aid changing from the city of Stamford to the Mill River Park Collaborative, a nonprofit. The funding was originally designated to go to the city, per approval in July of 2015. The funds will be used to assist in the construction of the Whittingham Discovery Center in Mill River Park. The Discovery Center is slated to include two state-of-the-art environmental science classrooms, an office for the Mill River Park Collaborative and a rooftop for star-gazing. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.

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