15 towns have been approved to receive funding under the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program for infrastructure and capital improvement projects.
$500,000 has been approved for streetscape improvements in the Four Corners area of Brookfield. The project will benefit the community by creating a walkable, bike friendly downtown district based on the Brookfield Revitalization Plan. This district has been the focus of an incentive housing overlay zone aimed at stimulating mixed use development to bring back vitality to a vulnerable portion of the town. The residential development will bring nearly 80 new affordable residential units to the project area and, along with the STEAP granted streetscape, support the new ‘downtown.’ The grant will provide for necessary sidewalk, parking and bike lane construction.
State Representative Steve Harding says he looks forward to seeing this project finally materialize and bring new business and cultural opportunities to Brookfield.
Senator Clark Chapin says the current and future residents of Brookfield will be well served by this investment.
$200,000 for phase five of a sidewalk replacement project in Seymour was included in this round of funding. This leverages previous investments to continue the construction and replacement of sidewalks in a more densely populated section of town including many multi-family homes. The project will benefit the local community by creating better pedestrian access to several modes of public transportation and connections to local parks and recreation.