Connecticut on Tuesday announced the last round of Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) awards to nearly two dozen communities.
The State Bond Commission allocated $20 million for 2012 STEAP grants in September: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced several STEAP awards to communities before the holidays. The rest:
Ashford was awarded $196,000 in STEAP funding to reconstruct part of Hnath Road. The reconstruction will help homeowners whose properties are negatively affected by poor drainage, and will also provide safer conditions for drivers.
Bethel was awarded $500,000 to reconstruct and repave major roads impacted by the Stony Hill sewer extension. This award goes toward a larger project that will cost an estimated $1.48 million to complete.
Bethlehem received $160,000 in STEAP funds to rehabilitate and improve drainage on Sanford Lane and Sanford Lane Spur roadways. This is a short road and cul-de-sac serving a small number of homes.
Coventry was awarded $400,000 to construct sidewalks that will link schools and the library, and make streetscape improvements in the Village Business District. Upgrades to the business district began with ARRA funding and could have a significant impact on the local economy.
Eastford received $386,680 to rehabilitate Mill Bridge Road #1, a major artery for Eastford Village. These funds will serve as the local match required to obtain federal funds to repair the bridge and preserve its historic appearance.
Ellington received $75,000 for a sewer extension project along Route 30. This will provide sewer service to an area of marginal septic systems, and encourage economic growth in a commercially zoned area which is currently restricted for development due to lack of sewer infrastructure. The area feeds groundwater into the Shenipsit Lake reservoir used by the Connecticut Water Co.
Hebron was awarded $214,000 to install traffic signals in the business district at the intersection of Route 66 and John Horton Boulevard. This will serve existing development on Main Street and enhance traffic and pedestrian safety. The project will also promote new business development in the business expansion area.
Mansfield received STEAP funds in the amount of $500,000 for infrastructure improvements along Village Street. This project is part of the Storrs Center mixed use retail/residential/commercial development and will include the extension of utilities as well as on-street parking service for the shops, restaurants, and offices that will locate in the next phase.
Marlborough will use $400,000 in STEAP funds for the final phase of streetscape improvements in the Village Center area. This project is estimated to create or retain 18 to 24 construction jobs, and will attract pedestrians to the business district in the community.
Ridgefield received two awards. The first is a $75,000 grant to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Danbury Road and Route 7. This intersection controls traffic for a 322 unit complex including a nursing home, assisted living facility and an age-restricted condo development. The nursing home and assisted living facility average 400 ambulance calls a year and the intersection has become difficult to navigate since the road was widened to 4 lanes.
The second award, $200,000, will improve safety and traffic flow through the Ridgefield Center Business District. The project calls for reconstructing the 233-space municipal parking lot between Bailey Avenue and Prospect Street. The lot serves 112 businesses and the Ridgefield Town Hall and will be upgraded, landscaped, and lit.
Roxbury was awarded $400,000 to finish repaving a 2.1 mile section of South Street, install new catch basin and improve drainage on this major thoroughfare. This project will improve snow removal and make the area safer for drivers and pedestrians.
Sherman was awarded $150,000 to reconstruct two miles of Spring Lake Road. The project will improve drainage while honoring the provisions of the Scenic Road Ordinance. The road serves 63 properties and many Sherman residents use this road to walk or bike.
Simsbury was awarded $350,000 for improvements to the Simsbury Center area. The project includes adjusting drainage and surface elevations and making boat ramp parking improvements on Riverside Rd; restoring the bridge deck on Drake Hill Rd; and a sidewalk/crosswalk bump-out on Hopmeadow. These streets serve businesses, government services, and residents in the center area.
South Windsor received $500,000 for infrastructure improvements associated with the development of the Connecticut Studios. State and local officials, working in conjunction with a development team, will construct a state-of-the-art movie studio production facility in South Windsor. Connecticut Studios will includes 6 to 8 sound stages, a mill building for set manufacturing, as well as executive and production offices. Ancillary development will include a 150 room hotel, retail, and several restaurants. Upon completion, the studio is estimated to create 1,500 film production jobs. During the development phase, over 500 union construction jobs will be created. “Ongoing operations” jobs will total close to 5,000. (All job estimates taken from CERC study on this project).
Sprague was awarded $500,000 for upgrades to the Hanover wastewater pump station. The pump station supports the residential and commercial community of the Village of Hanover and has been operating on original equipment and structures from the 1970’s.
Suffield was awarded $250,000 to construct roadway improvements on Harvey Lane which serves the Town’s industrial area. Harvey Lane is a critical industrial roadway and two of Suffield’s largest taxpayers and major employers are located here.
Thomaston was awarded $100,000 to purchase and install a generator for an emergency shelter at Thomaston High School. With emergency power generation capacity, the high school can provide the food service, shower facilities, and other functions necessary to accommodate the town’s emergency shelter needs.
Union received $202,350 for the reclamation and reconstruction Old Brown Road. The road provides access for 10 homes and several farms and is used for commercial delivery to businesses located in this section of town.
Wethersfield was awarded $500,000 for improvements to the 111-acre Mill Woods Park. Improvements are part of the 2002 Master Plan for Mill Woods Park and include a new parking area for the little league field, park road reconstruction, and beach drainage improvements.
Windsor Locks was awarded $280,000 to construct sidewalks along Main Street and Elm Street to increase pedestrian safety in a high-traffic area. This would complete a 10-year renovation effort of the downtown housing/business district.
Woodbury was awarded $148,012 for roadway improvements on Peter Road. These upgrades will improve motorist safety and correct environmental concerns including runoff, erosion, and siltation. Peter Road provides alternate options for drivers and access to western Woodbury during frequent flooding.
Woodstock received $250,000 to upgrade the Hopkins Road Bridge. This project will prevent road closure and improve safety and road conditions by replacing the narrow, decaying bridge.