Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

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July 29, 2022

East Hartford Delegation Announces Bond Funding For Housing Development And Preservation, Local Upgrades

Today, the East Hartford delegation, including State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor), House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford), State Representative Jeff Currey (D-East Hartford) and State Representative Henry Genga (D-East Hartford), proudly announced the town will receive more than $3 million in state funds as the State Bond Commission approved allocations at its meeting today.

The funds will be used for projects including support and development of new housing and protection of existing affordable housing, renovations and improvements at East Hartford schools and repairs at Rentschler Field.

“Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission deserve credit for their support of our community, and I thank them for their consideration,” said Sen. Anwar. “These funds will play important roles in our community, making East Hartford’s schools more up-to-date for students to better learn in, supporting both existing affordable housing and new single-family housing, and helping Rentschler Field meet higher quality standards. I’m excited to see these projects advance and progress.”

“I want to thank Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for their continued commitment to our community and their investment in these projects. This funding will help us improve existing multi-family housing and assist with the development of new single-family housing ensuring that East Hartford remains a community welcoming families to begin their home ownership journey,” said Majority Leader Rojas. “The support for the renovation of the auditoriums at East Hartford Middle School and lecture hall at East Hartford High School will have immense benefits for our students and the many community groups that utilize those spaces. Having never been renovated before, this funding will ensure these spaces can have a long lasting impact on our community.”

“I am proud to have worked alongside the East Hartford delegation, local officials, and the State Bond Commission to secure critical funds for the preservation of affordable apartments at Veterans Terrace on Columbus Street and Circle, which is in the 11th House District. This project will continue the progress made at Veterans Terrace to update and upgrade housing, bringing new life and energy to this important neighborhood,” said Rep. Currey. “I am also pleased to see funding that will make key upgrades and improvements to East Hartford schools and to Rentschler Field. Thank you to Governor Lamont and the entire State Bond Commission for supporting critical investments in our residents and community.”

“These projects will have a wide-ranging impact on our community – developing more affordable and single-family housing will provide individuals with economically viable living options, the renovations in East Hartford Middle and High School will ensure that the quality of our student’s learning spaces matches the quality of their education, and the repairs to Rentschler Field will help maintain its status as a destination venue for various acts and performances. I’d like to thank Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for their continued support of East Hartford,” said Rep. Genga.

“I am glad that we can partner with the Town of East Hartford and other local partners on these projects, particularly because they will help increase the allotment of affordable housing units in the town and make much-needed upgrades to the town’s school facilities,” said Governor Lamont, who serves as chairman of the State Bond Commission.

During the State Bond Commission’s July 29 meeting, it approved funding allocations for East Hartford including:

  • $1 million to aid the preservation of 51 affordable apartments on Columbus Circle and Columbus Street in East Hartford
  • $258,162 for the demolition of the former McCartin Elementary School to make the site available for the development of single-family housing
  • $600,000 for improvements and upgrades to the East Hartford Community Auditorium at East Hartford Middle School
  • $293,081 for auditorium and lecture hall improvements at East Hartford High School
  • A portion of $1 million to support repairs at Rentschler Field, including repairs and refurbishment to back-of-house facilities and repair work in the stadium bowl.