Joan Hartley

State Senator

Joan Hartley

Chief Deputy President Pro Tempore

An Independent Voice

September 28, 2022

Sen. Hartley, Waterbury Delegation Welcomes $10 Million for Waterbury’s Freight Street Corridor Redevelopment

Senator Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury, Naugatuck, and Middlebury) and the Waterbury delegation welcomed the Community Investment Fund 2030 board’s approval of $10 million toward the City of Waterbury’s Freight Street Corridor Redevelopment Project. The funding would be utilized for finalizing demolition and remediation activities at three separate parcels – together around 20 acres in the city’s West End – to support the long-term goal to spur new mixed-use transit-oriented redevelopment and extend Waterbury’s downtown.

“This funding approved in the inaugural round of the Community Investment Fund will enable the city to boost the completion of a reimagined Freight Street District culminating in hundreds of mixed-used and commercial jobs in a previously blighted and abandoned industrial wasteland. My thanks to the Community Investment Fund board and especially the Waterbury delegation and Mayor O’Leary for their superb team-work in securing this funding,” said Sen. Hartley.

The implementation of this project has the potential to enhance local and regional transportation infrastructure – along with the accompanying jobs – in a part of city’s West End that is underutilized and blighted. Additionally, it will complement the numerous improvements made to the nearby Waterbury Branch Line, the rail line’s downtown station and Waterbury’s downtown overall through state, local, and federal investment.