New Haven Gets $2M To Demolish Winchester Repeating Arms Co. Site

NEW HAVEN, CT – Almost $ 18 million in Lamont administration grants will go to 13 cities across Connecticut to pay for the remediation of 40 “damaged parcels,” announced Thursday.

New Haven is one of those cities.

Approximately $ 2 million will go to Science Park Development Corporation to demolish and demolish the former Winchester Repeating Arms Company buildings at 275 Winchester Ave. This enables residential, office, laboratory and / or retail buildings as well as public open spaces to be built on the 3.11 hectare site, according to a press release.

The grants are from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield Remediation Program. They are expected to raise $ 427 million in private funding and help examine and clear approximately 78 acres of land.

“Refurbishing dilapidated properties that have been vacant for decades and using them productively will ultimately generate many times that amount of private investment,” said Lamont. “If we renovate these properties now, we can turn an eyesore into an asset, revitalize neighborhoods and transform otherwise unusable properties into new spaces for companies and residents.”

Brownfield remediation programs provide “the critical funding needed to remediate contaminated property, attract additional private investment and catalyze remediation,” said Department of Economic and Community Development Deputy Commissioner Alexandra Daum.

Katie Dykes, commissioner for the US Department of Energy and Environment, said “removing pollution” opens the door to new land uses, including “housing, mixed-use commercial and retail options, office and commercial space, and community recreation. . “.

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