Christine Cohen

State Senator

Christine Cohen

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Listening, Advocating & Getting Results

September 19, 2022

Madison Officials Welcome State Funding For Local Project

MADISON – State legislators and the Madison first selectwoman today welcomed the release of $500,000 in state Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) funds for local infrastructure improvements.

Governor Ned Lamont announced today that Madison will receive $500,000 in state funding for road improvements and enhancements as part of Phase Three of the Madison Center Project streetscape; this will be matched by $1,076,417 from the town. The Madison streetscape project includes utility, streetscape, roadway and pedestrian improvements from Route 1 to Route 79.

“Making Madison more safe and walkable will have a positive impact on the business district by increasing pedestrian access and economic activity,” state Senator Christine Cohen (D-Guilford) said. “The town’s long-term investment in this project is a testament to the commitment not only to its people and businesses, but also to culture and tourism. Connectivity and walkability are key components to a dynamic and healthy downtown and I want to thank Madison’s officials for their continued pursuit of this effort, as well as Governor Lamont for approving this investment in our community and our local businesses.”

“I’m thrilled that, with the support of the Governor, Madison will be able to complete this expansive project that will ensure our downtown fulfills its true potential for our town—and region—with increased vibrancy and critical economic development for the shoreline,” said state Representative John-Michael Parker (D-Madison). “Thank you to our town leaders, employees, and state partners for the continued support, and for ensuring that the Madison Center Project will be a success!”

“I am excited to learn that Madison has been awarded a STEAP Grant to assist us in the next and final phase of the Madison Center Project,” said Madison First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons. “This important, high-profile community improvement initiative has been at the forefront of our downtown development plans for almost 20 years. Furthering the streetscape improvements along our main street will continue to expand economic opportunities within our central business district, improve pedestrian safety and access to public transit, and enhance the charm and aesthetics of our downtown area. Over the years, the town — in partnership with the state — has invested almost $3 million to complete several phases of this multi-phase project, and we look forward to using this new grant award toward its completion. I want to thank Senator Cohen and Representative Parker for their support and their persistent efforts in advocating for this project. And thank you to Governor Lamont for your continued commitment to help fund Madison’s future through this and other strategic infrastructure projects like the Academy Community Center and the bulkhead replacement at Garvan Point.”

“Our small towns are part of what makes Connecticut such a great place to live and work, and by partnering with them on these grants, the state can help get these infrastructure projects completed so these towns can continue to thrive, remain competitive, attract businesses, and improve the quality of life for our residents,” Governor Lamont said.

STEAP funds are issued by the State Bond Commission and can only be used for capital projects. A project is considered to be a capital project if it is new construction, expansion, renovation or replacement for an existing facility or facilities. Project costs can include the cost of land, engineering, architectural planning, and contract services needed to complete the project.