The acquisition of the two properties will assist the town’s environmental cleanup efforts and expand redevelopment opportunities in the vicinity of the new train station.
The two economic development projects are part of $15 million in competitive grants awarded to 11 towns to support transit-oriented development. The grants were approved by Gov. Dannel Malloy and the State Bond Commission, and announced at the CTfastrak station in New Britain this week.
“Transportation isn’t just about cars, trains and buses — it’s about building vibrant communities and continuing to make Connecticut a more attractive place to live, visit and do business,” Malloy said in a statement prior to Wednesday’s event. “Today’s grant awards will build upon the smart, targeted investments we have made in recent years, which have already led to significant growth in transit-oriented development across the state.”
Other grant recipients included Windsor Locks, which received $1.84 million to support a commercial district, and New Britain, which got $2 million to continue with Phase VII of the city’s planned redevelopment of the business district near the CTfastrak station. Wallingford received a $175,000 state grant to pay the costs of planning and designing walking improvements along North Colony Road and Hall Avenue.
Berlin now owns 3.82 acres next to the train station parking lot in three parcels at 889, 903, and 913 Farmington Avenue. The new lot is contiguous to the other parcels.
According to Economic Development Coordinator Christopher Edge, the town is seeking to partner with private developers on a mixed use project next to the train station parking lot. A recent request for proposals attracted five developers, several of whom have completed TOD projects in other towns, including Meriden.