State officials selected the Pratt Street brownfield project for a $1.8 million cleanup grant because of its potential for economic development in a transit-oriented district, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz said Monday. Bysiewicz told the group 30,000 people have moved into the state since the start of the pandemic, adding she feels Meriden is an attractive location because of its access to rail and highways. Ancona said cleanup has been ongoing and the grant will allow the work to be completed. He praised the city for its efforts to beautify the area, including the Meriden Green, the gateway corridor and new train station. Ancona expects construction on the new development to begin at the end of the year.