June 24, 2021

Senator Haskell encouraged by State Grant Funding to Remediate Blighted Property in Redding

Today, State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport) was encouraged to see the state commit grant funding to a Redding property that has been blighted and vacant, helping assess the property for the purpose of putting it back into productive use. As part of $19 million in state grants awarded by Governor Ned Lamont’s administration for blighted property assessment and remediation, Redding’s former Gilbert and Bennett Manufacturing Company site will receive $200,000 for assessment.

“I’d like to thank Governor Lamont and his administration for making this vital investment in other Georgetown community,” said Sen. Haskell. “The Gilbert and Bennett site is has tremendous potential, and with this grant the town can learn exactly what needs to be done in terms remediation. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for this historic property.”

The Gilbert and Bennett Manufacturing Company site, a former wire mill, has sat vacant for years and has experienced issues previously in redevelopment. It previously was the center of operations for Gilbert and Bennett Manufacturing Company The town will be able to begin a site appraisal with the $200,000 grant, reviewing work that has been done and work left to be done to prepare the property for future redevelopment.