Contact: Laurence Grotheer
August 25, 2011
State Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-Woodbridge) and Representative Linda M. Gentile (D-Ansonia) today welcomed the State Bond Commission’s expected approval of funding for renovations to bring the Ansonia Armory up to code for use as a community center. A $500,000 grant will be used to repair the gym floor, install an ADA-compliant elevator and sprinkler system.
Funding for the project is included on the agenda for tomorrow morning’s meeting of the State Bond Commission and is expected to receive final approval at that time, the lawmakers said.
“The investment of these state funds to improve the former Ansonia Armory will benefit local residents in two ways; first and foremost through the peace of mind in knowing the facility, now in service as a community center, will be more user-friendly, safe, and code-compliant,” Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-17th) said. “The second benefit is a significant financial advantage because these upgrades—valued at $500,000—won’t impact Ansonia’s municipal budget or local property tax payers.”
“These state subsidized projects create and retain local jobs that are critical to our distressed city and local economy. I want to thank Governor Malloy and the members of the Bond Commission for their support to turn the armory into a community center that will benefit all valley towns,” said Rep. Gentile. “Various groups throughout the lower Valley will be able to utilize this facility, making this project an example of regional development—encouraging other communities to engage in regional development projects. Projects such as this are one of the best ways Connecticut can reinvest in the community.”
The Ansonia Armory will become the city’s community center and indoor recreation facility. Many area community groups from Ansonia and surrounding towns use the building for various activities and include: Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts, YMCA, Griffin Hospital, Veterans groups, senior groups, and the Police and Fire departments among others.
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