Towns are turning old mills into housing, part of a brownfield remediation plan to alleviate CT’s housing crisis and clean up blight.
Mayors see the building blocks of an urban policy in Gov. Ned Lamont’s first months in office.
Investments in the neighborhood will total nearly $1 billion by the time construction ends in six or seven years.
Once engines of Connecticut’s prosperity, the state’s former factories have long been massive liabilities for struggling cities. Connecticut has found a path to get these sites back into use, and it’s fueled with taxpayer money.
The brownfield inventory maintained by the state lists 516 sites, but officials estimate there are actually “probably tens of thousands” of polluted sites that haven’t been counted.
One key to a better future for Connecticut’s cities could lie beneath the ugly scars from its industrial past, but the state the state doesn’t track number of jobs created or taxes generated after cleanup or even keep an inventory of its brownfield sites.
Connecticut will spend $13.6 million to assess or redevelop brownfield sites in 14 municipalities, marking Connecticut officials’ latest effort to clean up polluted properties and spur economic development, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday.