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Proactive planning and integrated efforts are bringing more federal money to Connecticut, seen in the two federal Sustainable Communities Grants awarded to Stamford and Mansfield on November 21 totaling over $1.7 million.
Sustainable Communities is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and supports local and regional coordinated planning on housing, transit, environmental protection and thoughtful land use.
The $1,105,288 received by Charter Oak Communities (formerly Stamford Housing Authority) will continue transforming Stamford’s West Side neighborhood into a new health and wellness district called Vita, a collaboration with Stamford Hospital and a team of community organizations. The Vita health district and neighborhood revitalization so far includes redevelopment of aging public housing into attractive mixed-income housing, expansion and improvement of Stamford Hospital facilities, a new communal garden that began this past summer, and investment in new production studios by the Connecticut Film Center.
The Sustainable Communities grant will support more housing redevelopment, improved traffic corridors, and efforts to attract healthcare providers and other businesses to the neighborhood.
The $610,596 received by the Town of Mansfield will help it grow thoughtfully to benefit from and support the University of Connecticut, its new technology park, and the many employees and businesses that work with the university. The grant will help establish zoning and streamline regulations to increase availability of housing affordable to workers, ensure an adequate water supply system, preserve agricultural land and expand community participation.
To Learn More:
Stamford’s Charter Oak Communities grant
Congressman Courtney press release on Town of Mansfield grant
HUD Sustainable Communities grants nationwide
The Atlantic: “For Once the Federal Government Gets Sustainability Right”