Funding For New Britain

May 12, 2015

State Reps. Rick Lopes (D-New Britain, Newington), Bobby Sanchez (D-New Britain), Peter Tercyak (D-New Britain), Betty Boukus (D-Plainville, New Britain) and Sen. Terry Gerratana (D-Berlin, Farmington, New Britain) are pleased to announce the approval of funds for the redevelopment of the former police station on Columbus Boulevard in New Britain.

"Redeveloping this property in downtown New Britain will encourage economic development in the area and transform the neighborhood for residents and visitors," Governor Malloy said. "By helping to foster residential and commercial development around the site, and making it so easily accessible to the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit system, we are delivering a brighter tomorrow for Connecticut and its families."

"Following redevelopment efforts, this under-utilized parcel of land located at the terminus of the CTFastrak busway will provide new opportunities for economic growth in our city," said Senator Gerratana. "The former police station is the perfect location for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development that will help downtown New Britain thrive. I thank Governor Malloy for his continued support for our community."

"I am delighted to see the plans to redevelop and revitalize the old police station in Columbus Boulevard moving forward," Rep. Sanchez said. "Last year the state allocated well over $2 million for demolition and remediation efforts to capitalize on that great parcel for expansion."

"As we grapple with the many issues directly affecting people in balancing the state's budget, providing funding for redevelopment projects becomes more difficult," Rep. Tercyak said. "I want to thank Governor Malloy for seeing the importance of this project and providing critical funding for it," Rep. Tercyak said.

"This is important funding for New Britain's redevelopment," Rep. Boukus said. "I am happy to see it move forward."

The State Bond Commission approved $100,000 to hire consultants and other technical advisors to assist in administering and overseeing the renovation. The Commission met on Monday, May 11, 2015 in the Legislative Office Building. The New Britain funds are in item #1 on the agenda.