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Old Norwalk Co. Building To Get a Cleanup

NORWALK, Conn. – The old Norwalk Company building on North Water Street will be getting cleaned up thanks to a state grant.

A $500,000 Brownfield Remediation Grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development will allow the city an opportunity to create a mixed-use development project on the site, although the funding still has to be approved by the state Bond Commission.

“With the Brownfield grant, the City of Norwalk will use the funds to clean up the old Norwalk Company site to make way for a new development project, which will bring jobs and economic vibrancy to the neighborhood,” Mayor Richard Moccia said.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , a brownfield is a property looking for expansion, redevelopment or the “reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”

“The state’s commitment to cleaning up brownfields is a smart strategy for encouraging economic development and promoting a cleaner environment," said House Minority Leader Larry Cafero , R-Norwalk. "This grant will let Norwalk move forward with an important redevelopment project.”

“This important state funding not only will help in the redevelopment of the old Norwalk Co. building but also provide a boost to our local economy by creating jobs,” state Rep. Bruce Morris , D-Norwalk, said. “On behalf of Norwalk, I’m very grateful for this grant. Without it, the project would be nearly impossible to complete.”

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