Cathy Osten


Cathy Osten



November 21, 2017

Osten Welcomes State Bonding For Norwich, Sprague Projects

State Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague) announced today that the State Bond Commission is expected to approve funding for several regional school, transportation and building renovation projects when it meets next week in Hartford.

The State Bond Commission is expected to approve:

  • $849,920 for HVAC, floor replacement and playground improvements at the Integrated Day Charter School in Norwich
  • $580,000 in Alliance District funding for Norwich to make general improvements to school buildings (i.e. boilers, windows, HVAC, lockers, ceilings, etc.)
  • $500,000 to upgrade the school and community bus lot in the Baltic section of Sprague with permeable pavers and cost-saving LED lighting
  • $20 million in brownfield remediation funding through the state Department of Economic and Community Development, including a $200,000 state grant announced Monday by Governor Malloy for the investigation of the last undeveloped portion of the former Ponemah Mill site, a 5.5-acre site located at 555-559 Norwich Avenue in Norwich.

The Sprague bus lot and Norwich Alliance District bonding monies were included in the 2015 biennial state budget, which Sen. Osten voted for. The brownfield remediation monies were included in the latest biennial state budget which passed the legislature in late October on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote.

“Within its limited resources and other fiscal constraints, Connecticut is going to continue to make investments in its communities and its community infrastructure that benefit the public, save local tax dollars, create jobs, and lay the foundation for future growth,” Sen. Osten said. “I’m thankful to the governor and the State Bond Commission for seeing the value in these projects, and I look forward to seeing these upgrades get underway in the near future.”

The State Bond Commission is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in Room 1-E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.