Ansonia, Derby get grants to turn brownfields into apartments

State officials recently announced a list of towns receiving grants to redevelop brownfield sites into apartments, including the $990,000 for Ansonia and $650,000 for Derby. The money comes from the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development Brownfield Remediation and Development Program. Some of the units will be set aside as affordable housing — a requirement of the grant — and while both sites have developers linked to the projects, the money would help with clean up costs and demolition. Both locations are considered brownfield sites, which are properties or locations that have soil contamination such as chemicals. Derby’s project will be developed by Cedar Village Minerva Square, LLC which will build a four-story, 90-unit, mixed-income apartment building.

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