Doug McCrory


Doug McCrory



June 7, 2024
Senator McCrory

Senator Doug McCrory Welcomes $63 Million for Hartford Area Projects

Senator Doug McCrory, D-Hartford, applauded the State Bond Commission’s Friday approval of more than $63 million in bond funding for local projects to benefit the greater Hartford area.

The State Bond Commission met Friday to approve an agenda that contained funding for a wide range of projects in Hartford and Bloomfield. These include initiatives approved by the Community Investment Fund Board, on which Senator McCrory serves as a member.

For instance, the panel approved $6.5 million to restore the Charter Oak Cultural Center, $3.5 million to complete renovations of Hartford’s historic Comet Diner, $900,000 to support the creation of a Workforce Hub at the Swift Factory, more than $5.5 million to support the development of housing at Willow Creek in Hartford, and $4 million to fund improvements to Rockwell Park in Bloomfield.

The Bond Commission also approved $11 million to capitalize the Minority Business Revolving Loan Fund, which will be administered by the Hartford Economic Development Corporation as part of the Small Business Boost Fund.

“Through this funding, we’re making good on a promise to serve communities that have gone underfunded for years,” Senator McCrory said. “This State Bond Commission agenda includes critical support to revitalize historic landmarks, improve public parks, and create a workforce hub in Hartford’s North End. Our residents have the vision to improve their communities. These funds ensure they have the resources to make those ideas a reality.”

Friday’s bond agenda also included funding for the Capital Region Development Authority to support a variety of Hartford projects including $10 million for the development of University of Connecticut dorm units on Pratt Street, $7 million to repair water damage at the Connecticut Convention Center, and $5 million for improvements to parking garages in Downtown Hartford.

Other Capital Region Development Authority projects funded through the bond agenda include $2 million for sidewalk, crosswalk, and lighting improvements to the Front Street District, and more than $3.5 million for the conversion of a commercial building on Laurel Street into residential units.

The commission approved funding for several other Hartford area projects including:

– $600,000 for The Open Hearth housing program in Hartford to renovate its bathroom facilities.

– $700,000 for the Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective to relocate to a new location in Hartford.

– $400,000 for the North Central Connecticut EMS Council in Hartford for communications systems.

– $3 million to develop housing for University of Connecticut students in Hartford.

Contact: Hugh McQuaid | | 860-634-4651
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