STRATFORD, Conn. -- State Reps. Joe Gresko, Laura Hoydick and Ben McGorty and state Sen. Kevin Kelly are applauding a $200,000 state grant aimed at continuing the investigation of needed site cleanup at the former Army Engine Plant, 550 Main St., Stratford.
The grant was among several recently issued through the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield Remediation Program, targeting numerous sites around the state that require remediation to put them back into productive use.
“Considering the proposed site development includes a residential component, further study of the level of remediation necessary is most welcome," Gresko said.
“I am encouraged that the project has recently received a bonding grant, and now a brownfield grant from the State of Connecticut,” Hoydick said. “The project is vital to Stratford's economic success and I applaud Mayor Harkins and his administration for continuing to pursue all avenues of advancement with regard to this project.”
“This grant is an important step toward reclaiming this site for economic viability and use,” McGorty said. “The eventual restoration of this site is essential to Stratford’s future.”
“This $200,000 grant continues the progress toward transforming the former Army Engine Plant property into a usable, clean, and job creating development,” Kelly said. “We appreciate the State of Connecticut’s investment in this property and the positive steps being made to return it to productive use.”
The grant follows a recent $500,000 grant-in-aid to Stratford for pre-development planning and an environmental compliance analysis for the overall Point Stratford Renewal project.
The eventual remediation of the 77-acre Point Stratford location will allow for large-scale multi-use redevelopment projects around this brownfield location in the south end of Stratford along the Housatonic River.