Norm Needleman


Norm Needleman



June 14, 2024

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June 14, 2024

Portland Leaders Welcome $200,000 Brownfield Remediation Grant

Today, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex)State Representative Christie Carpino (R-Portland) and Portland First Selectman Ryan Curley supported the announcement that Portland will receive a grant valued at $200,000 through the state’s Brownfield Remediation and Development Program to support the development of a new master plan for downtown, including work on three brownfield parcels in the region.

“This is excellent news, and encouraging to hear as I’ve been working in support of this project for some time now,” said Sen. Needleman. “Our state’s continued efforts to turn derelict and unused properties into new community resources will have transformative effects over time.”

“For years, Portland has made a concerted effort to rehabilitate key properties downtown,” said Rep. Carpino. “This is an important part of the puzzle, as the plan will allow us to put the pieces together.”

“This is amazing news for the Town of Portland and we are grateful to all of our partners at the state level for supporting this initiative,” said First Selectman Curley.

According to the Department of Economic and Community Development, Portland will receive a $200,000 planning grant to develop a new master plan for downtown. This plan will encompass the Riverfront Overlay Zone and Town Village District in Portland, including brownfield parcels at three locations on Brownstone Avenue.

Portland previously received a $750,000 grant in 2016 for remediation work adjacent to the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park in Portland at these three sites.

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