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Malloy Awards $5M For Affordable Housing-Transit Connection

 

$5 million was awarded to eleven cities, towns and regional planning organizations for the planning and facilitation of transit-oriented development (TOD) projects as part of a new initiative promoting economic development by connecting transportation to housing and employment centers, Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday. The awards will help towns better link communities and transportation infrastructure, such as rail and bus stations.

“Finding smart, practical ways to connect housing and employment centers to transportation is a critical step in growing the state’s economy and making Connecticut a more vibrant place to work and live,” said Governor Malloy.  “The projects that we’re supporting will help these towns and surrounding regions take tangible steps in making their communities more walkable, more accessible, and more attractive to residents and employers alike.”

The funding was approved by the State Bond Commission earlier this year and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Office of Policy Management (OPM) received 23 applications for grants, according to the Governor’s office.

According to the Governor’s press release, the following communities will receive funding:

  • City of Hartford: $730,000 for site plan and development analysis, adoption of a TOD “overlay zone,” and creation of a public-private partnership to facilitate development around Union Station related to the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line and the planned New Britain-Hartford Busway.
  • City of Meriden: $850,000 for market analysis, financial planning, environmental benefit analyses and preparation for studies/surveys related to the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line.
  • City of New Britain: $750,000 for the implementation of a Streetscape Master Plan related to the planned New Britain-Hartford Busway.
  • City of New Haven: $390,000 for market analysis, traffic management planning, finance planning, preparation of potential work schedule related to the New Haven Rail Line, Shore Line East and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line.
  • City of New London: $319,000 for water and sewer capacity evaluation, design and planning, construction and administration related to the Shore Line East rail line and other components of the New London intermodal transportation center.
  • City of Norwalk: $486,000 for surveys, design, drawings for the linking of the South Norwalk Railroad Station and Intermodal Center to a multi-modal network of shuttles and city transit buses, and routes serving bicycles and pedestrians.
  • City of Stamford: $460,000 for parking and redevelopment studies/assessments for the Glenbrook and Springdale station areas related to the New Canaan Branch of the New Haven Rail Line.
  • Town of Stratford: $250,000 for a TOD plan linked to the Stratford station on the New Haven Rail Line and the development of a model TOD ordinance by the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council for its member municipalities.
  • Valley Council of Governments (Derby & Shelton): $265,000 for studies/surveys for enhancing bicycle and pedestrian connections to the Derby/Shelton Multi-Modal Center and the Derby-Shelton Bridge related to the Waterbury Branch of the New Haven Rail Line.
  • Town of Windsor: $250,000 for a TOD and station area plan related to the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line.
  • Town of Windsor Locks: $250,000 for a TOD planning study related to the possible relocation of the train station along the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line to facilitate mixed-use development in the downtown area.

Newington, which decided publicly that it would not include affordable or mixed-income housing in its transit-oriented development plan, was among the municipalities that received no funding.

To Learn More:
Read the Governor’s Press Release
View the original RFA

 
 

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