Whether to develop or preserve Simsbury land where Martin Luther King Jr. once worked will go to a vote after more than two decades of debate

After more than two decades of debate, abandoned plans and false starts, Simsbury is on the verge of deciding whether 288 acres of former tobacco fields will be set aside as open space and athletic fields. If voters approve on May 4, Simsbury will put about $2.2 million toward a $6 million purchase of the […]

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Middletown pays $2.6M for riverfront properties; housing, mixed-use development eyed

Middletown’s long-held desire to open up a significant section of its waterfront to new development has taken another step forward with the $2.6 million purchase of nine acres of underutilized industrial land along the Connecticut River. Joseph Samolis, the city’s director of planning, conservation and development, said Thursday the city intends to hold the newly […]

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‘Fascinating’ project: Danbury’s unique fat-to-fuel facility breaks ground at John Oliver Sewer Plant

The city has broken ground on the nation’s first grease-to-diesel conversion facility at the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant — a project that promises not only a remedy for the plague of sewer grease that has terrorized Oliver’s native England with airliner-size fatbergs, but a revenue source for Danbury in the form of biodiesel sales. […]

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Sherwood Island in line to get new $541k bridge

The state is expected to approve a little more that $2.5 million for improvements at state parks, including spending more than $500,000 to replace a bridge at Sherwood Island. The bridge is currently listed in critical condition based on recent inspections from the state Department of Transportation and the state Department of Energy and Environmental […]

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Eversource’s Aquarion to buy Plainville water utility parent

Bridgeport-based Aquarion Co. said it has agreed to purchase Plainville’s New England Service Co., which operates four water utilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The all-stock deal, which still needs regulatory and shareholder approvals, would add approximately 10,000 customers to Aquarion’s customer base of 216,000, and comes about three years after New England utility […]

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Biden nominates California safety chief as head of OSHA

President Joe Biden announced last week that his nominee for assistant secretary for occupational safety and health for the Department of Labor is Douglas L. Parker, the current head of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). In a press release, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health praised Parker’s nomination, with […]

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New Ad Campaign Pushes Economic Growth Through Infrastructure Investment

Beginning April 12, a television spot will run inside the Beltway aimed at members of Congress, staff and other policymakers. The TV commercial will be supplemented by online ads that began April 10 on social media and influential digital sites popular with D.C. legislators and influencers. The central message of the “Moving Forward” campaign: investing […]

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Cornwall Bridge project shelved

A proposed plan for reconfiguring the area around the intersection of Route 7 and Route 4 in Cornwall Bridge appears to have hit a roadblock. During a public forum Monday, First Selectman Gordon M. Ridgway said the plan, devised by consulting firm Fitzgerald & Halliday and considered a “quick build,” is now being put on […]

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Farmington neighbors dig in as developer promotes massive apartment complex near UConn Health Center

Using descriptions ranging from “excessive” to “a monster,” a group of Farmington residents on Monday called on the town to reject the proposal for 146 apartments near the UConn Health Center. But developer Geoffrey Sager countered that Connecticut and the town have worked for years to attract major health sciences employers to that area, and […]

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Auditors: UConn Hartford campus construction cost $30M more than budgeted

Nearly $30 million in construction cost overruns on the University of Connecticut’s Hartford campus topped a list of contracting issues that sparked criticism Tuesday from the state auditors’ office. Construction and renovations combined originally were priced at $87 million, and a guaranteed maximum price eventually was set at nearly $98 million. But after the university […]

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