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March 27, 2012

Norwalk Legislators, Leaders Applaud Brownfield Clean-Up Grant From State

DECD grant will enable redevelopment of old Norwalk Company site

Members of the Norwalk legislative delegation are joining Mayor Richard Moccia and city leaders in welcoming news of a brownfield remediation grant awarded by the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

The funding will help pay for the clean-up and reconfiguration of the old Norwalk Company building on North Water Street, paving the way for a mixed-use development project at the site. Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the Norwalk grant as part of the DECD’s awarding of $16 million in loans and grants for brownfield projects throughout the state.

“This grant is great news for Norwalk because it marks the start of a redevelopment project that will create jobs, boost the economy and result in a cleaner environment,” State Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) said. “Cleaning up brownfield sites makes for cleaner, more vibrant communities and this project will be no exception.”

“The state’s commitment to cleaning up brownfields is a smart strategy for encouraging economic development and promoting a cleaner environment," said House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. (R-Norwalk). "This grant will let Norwalk move forward with an important redevelopment project.”

“With the Brownfield grant, the City of Norwalk will use the funds to clean up the old Norwalk Company site to make way for a new development project, which will bring jobs and economic vibrancy to the neighborhood,” Mayor Richard Moccia said. “I applaud the state for investing in our community.”

“This is a smart investment by the state. Cleaning up brownfields is good for the environment—and key to our economic recovery,” said State Representative Chris Perone. (D-Norwalk). “This grant will help create jobs immediately and lays the foundation for economic expansion.”

“This important state funding not only will help in the redevelopment of the old Norwalk Co. building but also provide a boost to our local economy by creating jobs,” state Representative Bruce Morris (D-Norwalk) said. “On behalf of Norwalk, I’m very grateful for this grant. Without it, the project would be nearly impossible to complete.”

"This is great news for everyone in Norwalk," said state Representative Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton). "This grant will improve the environmental and scenic quality of one of the city's most visible and historic areas."

“I am grateful for this investment in Norwalk’s efforts to redevelop an important site,” said state Representative Terrie Wood (R-Darien). “Remediating brownfield sites is a smart strategy for cleaning up the environment and paving the way for development.”

“We are very happy to receive this grant and I thank Senator Duff and the Norwalk delegation for the help we received in securing this grant,” said Emil Albanese, chairman or Norwalk Redevelopment Agency. “I anticipate this will enable the project to move forward in a quick and successful way.”

The DECD awarded $500,000 for the brownfield remediation related to the Norwalk Company redevelopment project. The funding still has to be approved by the state Bond Commission.

 

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