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Transit-oriented grants awarded to these six communities

The State of Connecticut is handing out $6.8 million in grant money to support transit-oriented development programs in six different municipalities. The funds come from the state’s “Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program,” administered by the Office of Policy and Management.

The purpose of the fund is to support “shovel-ready capital projects located within one-half mile of existing public transportation facilities and promotes the development of infrastructure with the goal of creating walkable, mixed-use spaces that support vibrant, sustainable, and equitable communities.”

“Investments in transportation infrastructure are investments in the future of our communities, our residents, and our businesses,” Governor Lamont said in a statement. “Transit-oriented development is more than asphalt and train tracks, it is a comprehensive approach that drives businesses and residents to call our state home.”

Ansonia, Madison, Seymour, and Stamford will each receive grants in the high six figures. Among projects slated for development are restoration/demolition of pedestrian bridges, new crosswalks and pedestrian space, and the relocation of utilities.

Norwalk and New Britain will both be awarded $2 million each for much broader projects. Norwalk is planning a host of improvements to sidewalks, stormwater, utilities, and the repaving of six streets. New Britain, meanwhile, plans major improvements to a 2,600-foot strip of Myrtle Street between Washington and Curtis Streets.

You can see a complete list of planned improvements here.

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