NORWALK, Conn. -- The city of Norwalk was awarded a $200,000 brownfield grant by the state Wednesday to study the feasibility of developing a lot on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
The $200,000 Brownfields Assessment and Inventory Grant from the state will be used to conduct an assessment and develop a remedial action plan for the 4.9-acre site at 55 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near the South Norwalk train station. Work could include cleanup and planning. The site is slated for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development project.
The money for Norwalk was part of $3.8 million awarded to 21 towns and cities to investigate brownfield sites for redevelopment, Gov. Dannel Malloy said.
Administered through the state’s Municipal Brownfields Assessment and Inventory Grant Program, the 22 grants will assist cities, towns, and regional development agencies to assess and investigate over 310 acres across 48 sites, allowing the communities to take the vital first or next step toward reuse of sites that in many cases have been underused or abandoned for decades.
“As Connecticut’s economy continues to grow, more and more of our legacy manufacturing and other brownfield sites are becoming ripe for redevelopment and reuse,” said Malloy, who announced the grants at a news conference at a brownfield site in Norwich that was awarded funding as part of a revitalization project of the city’s Shipping Street corridor.
The municipal grant program was created as a complement to the state Department Economic and Community Development's larger brownfield programs to assist local governments and their development agency partners to begin redeveloping priority brownfield sites. Before redeveloping a brownfield or suspected contaminated site, environmental assessments are often required to provide more information about the site’s environmental conditions.
For more information, visit the website for the Connecticut Brownfield Office.