Friday, July 12, 2013

Gentile, Crisco welcome improvement funds for Ansonia

      Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Thursday announced $4,973,865 in Main Street Investment Fund grants to 14 municipalities across Connecticut.
      The program, administered through the state Department of Housing, provides funding to develop or improve town commercial districts, attract small businesses, and improve pedestrian access and livability in town centers. 

    State Rep. Linda M. Gentile, D-Ansonia, and state Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. D-Woodbridge, were pleased Ansonia was among the cities and towns receiving assistance.

     “Main Street Investment grants play an important role in strengthening economic development initiatives on the local level,” Malloy said.
     “This program is unique in that it builds a working partnership between state government and the smaller communities that are striving to strengthen their commercial centers and attract additional business. I applaud the leadership in Ansonia for their focus on creating accessible and livable downtowns.”

      Ansonia will receive $483,000 to make improvements to the West Main Street area between Kingston Drive and Bridge Street. 
     The project includes new granite curb, brick paver strips, concrete walkway, grass planting strip, ornamental rail fencing, street trees, and other street furniture, benches, trash receptacles, new ornamental lights and a new parking layout.  
     The parking lot will provide access points to the retail, office and government services as well as to the multi-modal transportation waiting area.

Vital tool toward revival

     “The Main Street Investment Fund is a vital tool that is helping communities revive commercial centers and downtown areas and lay the foundation for expanded economic activity and housing opportunities,” said Gentile said. “This is another step in creating a vibrant downtown community.”

     “These improvements for downtown Ansonia are exactly what we had in mind when we included this program in the bipartisan 2011 Jobs Bill because we know attractive commercial districts translate directly into enhanced business conditions and more jobs,” Crisco said. 
       “Furthermore, this Main Street Investment Fund helps drive customers to the small businesses that literally define downtown Ansonia – the type of businesses that comprise a vibrant economy locally and throughout Connecticut.”

      The Main Street Investment Fund, created as part of the historic bipartisan 2011 Jobs Bill, provides financial incentives to eligible municipalities as well as owners of commercial private properties for expenditures that directly support and enhance a qualified project. 
     Awards are not more than $500,000 and can be used for expenses such as building improvements, signage, lighting, and streetscape improvements.

     “I’m grateful to Rep. Gentile and Sen. Crisco for their help in securing these funds,” said Ansonia Mayor James Della Volpe. “This new look will build on the location of some new businesses to downtown Ansonia.”

This is a press release from Gentile's office.

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