Downtowns Could Win State Grants For Improvements

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Small towns in the state could win grants up to $500,000 for renovating their downtowns to attract new businesses and boost job growth.

Applications for the second round of grants under the state’s Main Street Investment Fund are now being accepted by the state Department of Housing, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today.

The program targets building renovations, improved street lighting, sidewalk construction, recreational space or other renovations.

“Improving and upgrading our town centers to ensure that they are liveable, walkable communities will lay the foundation for sustainable economic activity.” Malloy said.

To be eligible, the towns must have 30,000 or less residents or those that qualify for the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program.

In July, Malloy and Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein awarded $4.9 million in the first round of grants from the investment fund.

Municipalities interested in applying should visit to download the application form. For more information, call Dimple Desai, the housing department’s development director, at 860-270-8012.

The deadline to submit is May 30.


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