May 24, 2016

Gerratana Joins New Britain Legislative Delegation in Announcing New State Investment in the City

Funding to be approved for New Britain Schools, the hospital for special care, and improvements to the Main Street Bridge

State Senator Terry Gerratana joined Representatives Peter Tercyak, Bobby Sanchez, Rick Lopes and Betty Boukus to announce the impending approval of new state funding for a variety of projects in New Britain. The funds will be used to provide additional resources at local schools, improve pedestrian access downtown and assist the hospital for special care in updating its infrastructure.

“New Britain is my hometown and I am thrilled that we have been successful in securing all this additional state investment for our city,” said Senator Gerratana. “I am particularly excited in the continued growth around the CTFastrak station. This is a project I have been working on for some time now, and believe it has been a game-changing success for New Britain. CTFastrak has generated development and economic growth around its route. By continuing to target this area for projects, we are sure to see a lot more interest from developers looking to use these properties as new residential or commercial locations.”

“I am proud to be a part of such a hard-working delegation that gets results for New Britain,” Representative Bobby Sanchez said. “I look forward to these important items getting the green light by the Bond Commission Friday and will continue to do my part on behalf of the city.”

The City of New Britain will receive a $2.1m grant to assist with improvements to the Main Street Bridge over Route 72, adjacent to the CTFastrak station. CTFastrak has been a major success for New Britain, and these improvements will help capitalize on its popularity by making the downtown area more accessible and attractive to city residents, visitors, and businesses. Aesthetic and pedestrian access improvements will be made to the bridge, improving access to and from the station and adjacent neighborhoods, creating a gateway to downtown New Britain.

The New Britain school districts will receive $23,500 in state funding. The school district applied for this funding, and will use it to make a variety of upgrades and general improvements to school buildings.

Finally, the Hospital for Special Care will receive $2.5m to assist with the acquisition and implementation of an electronic medical records system. This system will allow medical professionals to more easily and efficiently access their patient’s medical files, allowing for a streamlining of service and improvement of health care.

These projects are expected to be approved when the State Bond Commission meets on Friday, May 27.