Brownfields, commercial development projects and more slated to get hundreds-of-millions of dollars from State Bond Commission

The State Bond Commission, meeting Friday, is poised to approve hundreds-of-millions of dollars to aid housing initiatives, clean brownfields, upgrade cultural facilities and support private development projects. Housing is a big focus of Friday’s session, with the Department of Housing in-line for $59 million to be used for grants for development projects and housing programs. […]

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1,000+ apartments to open in Stamford: Check out these housing developments to watch in 2024

In Stamford’s more densely populated neighborhoods around downtown, multiple new apartment complexes are expected to open next summer. Several of the projects will also house new retail businesses too. Most of the new apartment buildings are being marketed as luxury developments — though they will include around 100 total affordable units thanks to the city’s […]

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$30M Windsor Center mixed-use TOD project launched

Gregory Vaca, of Grava Properties, ceremoniously broke ground along with Gov. Ned Lamont and other state and local officials on the $30 million Founders Square project that will bring 106 apartments and 12,000 square feet of new retail space to the center of Windsor near the train station. Phase one calls for 40 apartments in […]

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I-95 Exits 71 and 72 Southbound Will Be Combined in 2028 Plan

In a $29 million project slated for 2028, the historically dangerous southbound stretch of I-95 between exits 71 and 72 will be combined to include a frontage road and stoplight, creating safer driving conditions according to state officials. Sam Gold, executive director of RiverCOG, which includes Old Lyme, said the project “will reduce the friction […]

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Exit 74 reconstruction project meets its first major milestone

Almost a quarter of the way into a four year, $148 million reconstruction of the Interstate 95 Exit 74 interchange, crews on Wednesday were preparing to meet the project’s first major milestone. While the existing northbound off-ramp continued to spit drivers out at the convoluted intersection with Route 161 in front of Starbucks, subcontractors working […]

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Gov. Ned Lamont says housing and retail project will bring ‘Windsor back to the place it used to be’

Grava Properties, founded by Windsor resident Greg Vaca, will be spearheading the project, which will replace the existing Windsor Center Plaza. Vaca, alongside state and local leaders, broke ground on the development Wednesday. The project, known as Founders Square, will be funded with the help of Community Investment Funding, which is also funding the Wilson […]

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OSHA Announces Switch From Traditional Hard Hats to Safety Helmets

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that the agency is replacing traditional hard hats used by its employees with more modern safety helmets to protect them better when they are on inspection sites. In 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported head injuries accounted for nearly 6 percent of non-fatal […]

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Winsted’s greenway project will continue in 2024

In late 2022, Winsted extended its portion of the Sue Grossman Still River Greenway farther north along Winsted Road, adding more recreational space on the already popular trail. Selectmen were reminded recently to stay with the project, which is funded by grants from the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The Winsted portion of […]

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New Bloomfield-Simsbury trail increases East Coast Greenway regional trail connections

A new trail connecting Bloomfield to Simsbury marks one step closer to establishing a trail network throughout the Hartford region and connectivity along the East Coast. Bridging about a 1-mile gap from Bloomfield to the village of Tariffville in Simsbury, the recently completed multi-use trail is part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile walking […]

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Demolition of blighted Cromwell hotel may start in spring; new complex may be finished in 2027

Demolition of the vacant, severely blighted former Red Lion Inn at the intersection of Berlin Road and the northbound entrance ramp to Interstate 91 should begin “roughly” in the spring — possibly earlier if weather and financial markets permit. That’s what Chris Riley, the president of Lexington Partners LLC, the development company for the project, […]

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Developers moving forward with $32.47M ground-up apartment development near Hartford City Hall

Partners rehabbing a former Hartford firehouse and shuttered municipal building into apartments are moving to launch an estimated $32.47 million construction of a new 126-unit residential building on surface parking lots near Hartford City Hall. Daniel Klaynberg, president of Spectra Construction & Development, said Tuesday his group recently applied to the city to build an […]

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Amtrak Promises ‘Clean Sheet,’ But Seeks Viable Off-Corridor Route From New Haven to Providence

In a phone call on Thursday, Rep. Joe Courtney told CT Examiner that he had met with Amtrak officials for a briefing that focused on on-corridor investments and a “clean sheet” for the agency’s reboot of high-speed rail planning between New Haven and Providence. Six years ago, the Federal Railroad Administration’s preferred alternative for high-speed […]

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Stamford has $2.5M to create a way to get around the city that’s not a train or bus

Stamford has received about $2.52 million to build a new transportation program which officials say could help some residents reach places not covered by bus and train routes. With money from the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Stamford is is looking to develop a “microtransit service” — an on-demand transportation service similar to ridesharing apps like […]

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Renovations at Darien elementary schools could spike in cost by at least $17M, totaling close to $100M

Following a second round of construction bids, renovations for the Hindley, Holmes and Royle elementary schools are now expected to cost closer to $100 million, up from the $82,250,000 originally allocated for the project. The renovations call for an overhaul of the three schools that would remove all portable classrooms and bring in new classroom […]

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Naugatuck applies for $8M state grant to revitalize Rubber Avenue parcels

The town is looking to acquire state funding to revitalize parcels of land on a major connector road, Rubber Avenue. The borough held a hybrid public informational meeting on Dec. 5 for the Rubber Avenue Corridor Community Investment Fund application through the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The Board of Mayor and Burgesses […]

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Brookfielders oppose plan to expand natural gas compressor station near middle school

Opposition is mounting in town to stop the planned expansion of a natural gas compressor station located near homes and just 1,900 feet from Whisconier Middle School. Two steel pipelines enter and exit the compressor station: The Algonquin pipepline, which was built in 2008, comes in from the southwest, and the Iroquois pipeline, which was […]

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City, nonprofit development team eye $65M rail trail from downtown Hartford to Bloomfield

A planned six-mile, $65 million pedestrian and bike rail trail stretching from downtown Hartford’s Union Station to Bloomfield’s town center could be completed within five years, the project’s designer said. The hARTline comes with a cost estimate of $65 million, compared to tens-of-billions of dollars for the larger highway-capping and reconfiguration envisioned in the award-winning […]

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Taking to the high seas for an up-close look at South Fork Wind

When complete, the project is expected to power roughly 70,000 Long Island homes. The project dovetails with New York’s plan to transition to a carbon-free electricity system by 2040. The Empire State’s plan is to install 9 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2035. “New York’s nation-leading efforts to generate reliable, renewable clean energy have […]

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Solar array will not be placed in any Thomaston neighborhood

Residents no longer have to worry about the town potentially having solar panels installed in their neighborhood. Approximately 50 residents, most of them from the Highwood Farms section of town, attended Tuesday night’s selectmen meeting to object to having solar panels installed on town-owned land in their neighborhood. The possible site is a wooded area […]

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New Hartford sewer extension panel appointed

Extension of the system was one of the conditions set in 2021 when residents approved the $8 million sale of the town’s water and sewer assets to Aquarion. Pine Meadow, which sits over the town’s aquifer, is served by septic systems. Town officials said extending the system helps ensure the town’s water does not become […]

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Wilton selectmen examine funding for over $100 million in school repairs: ‘Big undertaking’

In light of needed repairs that could total more than $100 million over as many as 15 years at Wilton’s public schools, the town’s newly sworn-in first selectwoman advised caution in moving forward with funding. Wilton needs all hands on deck to move forward with the logistics of the school and municipal improvements, Boucher said. […]

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From prosperity to hardship and back again: Hartford celebrates start of 155-unit apartment redevelopment of Fuller Brush complex

Community leaders, politicians and developers with New York-based real estate firm Shelbourne Global Solutions came together Tuesday morning to celebrate the pending launch of a 155-unit apartment redevelopment of the former Fuller Brush complex in Hartford’s North End. Shelbourne representatives said the first phases of redevelopment — creation of apartments and amenity spaces — will […]

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Middletown survey will look for lead water service pipes, a rare but significant danger

The Common Council on Monday unanimously approved the $355,000 survey, which will be done by the Kleinfelder engineering firm of Rocky Hill. A state grant will pay 75 percent of that cost while the city will borrow 25 percent, or $88,750, from the state Department of Public Health’s drinking water revolving fund, according to the […]

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Biden administration puts $16 billion toward project ‘Americans have wanted for years’: ‘We are finally delivering the generational investments

Electrek has reported that the Northeast Corridor will receive a $16.4 billion cash injection to go towards long-overdue upgrades along its routes, with the aim of maintaining passenger volumes and even encouraging more people to travel via train. Funding will be taken from the $66 billion earmarked under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will […]

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Megaprojects drive up demand for steel

The renewed onshoring push is already stretching procurement timelines for many materials across the board, namely microchips, HVAC equipment, electrical switchgear and fabricated millwork. Chip factories, battery plants and even data centers all require more and larger steel conduit than typical nonresidential construction, such as office buildings or hospitality facilities, said Dale Crawford, executive director […]

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White House proposes nationwide lead pipe replacement

The EPA proposed new restrictions Thursday that would require the replacement of virtually all lead water pipes across the U.S., according to a White House press release. Under the proposal, utilities must replace lead pipes entirely over the next decade at a pace of 10% each year, and must create inventories of all their lead […]

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CT’s bumpy road to ‘clean cars’: GOP opposed, urban Dems wary

Last week, some leaders acknowledged during an extraordinary press conference that advocates of the regulations had badly misread the depth of opposition, or at least the doubts. House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, admonished those who demeaned or dismissed the opposition. “I think there is a real recognition that maybe we missed the mark in ensuring […]

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Massachusetts budget approval allows utilities to recoup added cost of hydropower corridor

A budget signed by Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey this week will allow utilities to raise rates to make up for hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs to complete a transmission line to bring Canadian hydropower to the New England electricity grid. The head of Central Maine Power Co.’s corporate parent Avangrid has said […]

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Amid appeal over East Windsor project, CT-based developer Verogy eyes Glastonbury for new solar farm

As East Windsor continues its fight against a proposed solar farm by Verogy, the West Hartford-based developer has its sights set on Glastonbury for its latest project. The proposed Glastonbury Solar One project at 17 Wickham Road would be a 3-megawatt, alternating current (AC) system that would generate enough electricity to power 778 average homes […]

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Ridgefield schools unveil $39 million capital improvement plan; auditoriums slated for facelifts

The 70-year-old auditorium at Veterans Park Elementary School is slated for $775,000 worth of repairs and upgrades as just one of the many projects in the Ridgefield Public Schools proposed $39 million five-year capital improvement plan. At a Board of Education meeting on Nov. 27, Morits presented the RPS capital improvement plan, which includes $19.9 […]

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With Hartford’s RPI campus sold, development around Dunkin’ Park expected to move fast

Salvatore closed a deal this week to buy the former Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate campus at 275 Windsor St. for $3.82 million. The building’s property abuts Dunkin’ Park, home to the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats. Earlier this year Salvatore said he planned to build up to 269 apartments on the RPI property, which housed the […]

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Milford chief says ‘shocking’ price tag means new police station will have to wait

City officials have been planning to build a new police station for at least 25 years, but even one of the idea’s biggest supporters said it probably won’t happen anytime soon because “the price is shocking.” Updating the Police Commission on the situation during a Nov. 14 meeting, police Chief Keith Mello said the new […]

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Pedestrian bridge at Norwalk’s Merritt 7 train station expected to open in mid-December

After months of supply shortage issues, the final pieces needed to finish the new pedestrian bridge at the Merritt 7 train station are expected to arrive, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. CTDOT is aiming for a mid-December opening for the new train station, with two weeks budgeted for the contractors to finish the […]

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Developer of 486-unit Middletown apartment complex envisions ‘campus’ ambience

By the time the Springside Middletown complex off Newfield Street is complete, developer Bob Dale hopes, it will contain 486 apartments, which Mayor Ben Florsheim says makes it one of the biggest construction projects of its type in the state. Construction of the complex began about eight and a half months ago, Dale said. He […]

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Second phase of luxury apartments being built at Perkins Farm in Mystic

Six months into construction of phase two of his massive Perkins Farm development, local developer Dave Lattizori is preparing to begin lining up tenants. Harbor Heights II, which broke ground in June on 123 luxury apartments, including 32 fourth-floor penthouse apartments, will begin pre-leasing early next year for the planned September opening of the new […]

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New London seeking $8 million state grant to complete funding for downtown transit improvements

The city is applying for an $8 million state Department of Economic and Community Development Community Investment Fund grant that Mayor Michael Passero said would cover the remaining costs of an anticipated $25 million plan to expand and overhaul transportation options in the city. Passero said the federal Department of Transportation Rebuilding American Infrastructure with […]

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Fears Mount Over Industrial Project’s Impact on Ledyard Neighborhood

Only a stone wall separates Cerveney’s property from Mount Decatur — the site of a fort built during the War of 1812 — where Quincy, Massachusetts-based Cashman Dredging is proposing a five- to 10-year “industrial regrading” project to turn much of the hill into a flat, 40-acre pad ready for industrial businesses. The proposal is […]

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Hydropower advocates warn Connecticut risks further dam closures due to economic conditions

Connecticut’s already diminished hydropower industry is at risk of further losses due to aging infrastructure and poor economic conditions, industry leaders told a state hydropower task force on Friday. Hydroelectric power accounts for less than 1 percent of the electricity generated in Connecticut, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. State lawmakers established a task […]

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CT has an electric car problem. Here’s what’s driving delays, debate and new economic inequality.

After proposed new regulations were derailed, Gov. Ned Lamont and the state legislature are now shining a spotlight on electric vehicles as they plot the future path for the state in a fast-moving industry that is already being driven by market forces. In the coming weeks and months, lawmakers will flesh out the details of […]

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Mass. company to construct EV battery plant in Bridgeport, with help of $47.5M federal grant

A Massachusetts-based company that manufacturers electric vehicle batteries is planning to build a factory in Bridgeport, with the help of $47.5 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. Nanoramic Laboratories plans to create 200 permanent jobs at the plant for the manufacturing of lithium iron phosphate battery electrodes for grid […]

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UConn receives federal grant for offshore wind farm development project

The University of Connecticut was one of four institutions to receive a grant from the Department of Energy to support their offshore wind power development program. According to a press release from UConn, the grant contributes $2.1 million to the project, which is expected to cost $3.7 million in total. The difference will be covered […]

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New Jersey Company Proposes New Waterford Hotel to Accommodate Growing Temp Workforce

Looking to capitalize on housing for temporary and traveling workers in southeastern Connecticut, a New Jersey company is proposing to build a 122-room WoodSpring Suites hotel at the border with New London on Boston Post Road, it told the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday. Commission Chair Gregory Massad, who asked Seven Hills to make […]

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Colchester Voters OK Added $1.5M For Senior Center Project

Another $1.5 million for the senior center building project was overwhelmingly approved by voters in a referendum on Tuesday, resolving the town’s yearlong attempt to cover the looming shortfall. The additional funds include approximately $32,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds, a $575,000 donation from the estate of Stephen Bendas and $892,300 in additional bonding, increasing […]

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Groton Council OKs Added $1.47M for Sutton Park Renovations

The Town Council has approved another $1.47 million for renovations to Sutton Park, bringing the total budget allocated, primarily toward updating the skate park, to about $2.5 million. On Tuesday, councilors were in agreement about improving the park, but there were differing opinions regarding the extent of the work and the timing of the renovations. […]

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Wilton looks at possibility of bonding the cost of over $100 million in school improvements

The town is examining different ways it could fund more than $100 million in needed school repairs across three of the district’s buildings. One of the ideas for the funding included the possibility of bonding the project for up to 20 years, with expected grand list growth helping to offset the costs. Vanderslice said the […]

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For CT towns struggling to deal with flooding, help is on the way

For towns with little or no expertise in dealing with the extremes of climate change — or small staffs, or little money, or all of the above — a resource like Stormwater Corps can be invaluable. It can also help municipalities substitute green infrastructure for some of the big, traditional, so-called gray stormwater infrastructure, like […]

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Four Hartford homes to be relocated as CT Children’s Hospital expands into Frog Hollow neighborhood

Four homes in Hartford’s Frog Hollow neighborhood, including three that are deemed historic, will be relocated to allow for expansion of Connecticut Children’s Hospital. The City Council approved a resolution allowing the city to transfer four other blighted and vacant properties in the neighborhood to Southside Institution Neighborhood Alliance Inc. so the land can be […]

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Medical campus eyed for 40-acre site in Waterbury

Plans are underway on a long-term project to construct a medical campus behind BJ’s on Reidville Drive and the residential development off of Saddle Rock Road, which city officials said will spur economic growth. In January of this year, the city’s Zoning Commission approved changing the designation of the 40-acre site from single-family residential to […]

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Brewer Street Bridge in East Hartford now expected to reopen in May due to unanticipated delays

Originally scheduled to reopen in November, construction on the Brewer Street Bridge near the Pratt & Whitney campus has been suspended until the spring due to unanticipated delays and temperature restrictions. The bridge, which spans Pewterpot Brook, closed on May 1. It is now expected to reopen in May 2024. “A gas main, a water […]

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West Hartford nonprofit breaks ground on $100M affordable housing project for Starkel Road campus

West Hartford Fellowship Housing, a nonprofit that for over 50 years has provided low-income housing for an older population and to people with disabilities, broke ground on a sweeping and transformative $100 million project that will modernize and expand upon its Starkel Road campus, ultimately providing 300 total units of in-demand housing. The plans will […]

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New Haven gets $7.5 million to improve Grand Avenue

On Tuesday, city and state leaders announced millions in grants and investments will go toward two major revitalization projects aimed at improving Grand Avenue. More than $7.5 million will improve a 1.5-mile stretch of Grand Avenue in the Fair Haven, Mill River and Wooster Square neighborhoods. The first phase of the revitalization project will focus […]

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Final Anaconda building in Waterbury razed, environmental tests of 20-acre site to continue

The razing of the third and final building of the former Anaconda American Brass Co. factory complex is nearing completion just over a month after demolition crews first converged on the site at 170 Freight St. Six excavators were in operation Tuesday, taking down the last skeletal remains of what was the first large brass […]

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$176B plan unveiled to rebuild Northeast rail corridor

The Northeast Corridor Commission — a coalition of Amtrak, commuter transit agencies, states and the U.S. Department of Transportation — announced Nov. 16 an ambitious 15-year plan to rebuild the Boston-New York City-Washington, D.C., rail line. The plan is an update to one set out in 2021 that outlined repair needs, service goals and the […]

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CT Democrats pledge to keep on path to phasing out new gas cars

In a crowded room in the state Capitol, administration officials and members of the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate offered a defense of the 2035 mandate— something that never came in October and November, when Republicans campaigned against it as bureaucratic overreach. The display came a day after the Lamont administrations confirmed it […]

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School Construction Moves Forward in Madison, With Brief Debate Over Goals for Sustainability

Plans to upgrade the HVAC system at Polson Middle School sparked a short debate about spending limits and the town’s goals for environmental sustainability at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting. The work at Polson Middle School and the new elementary school are part of a larger $89.2 million project approved by referendum in Feb. […]

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Bridgeport Joins Growing Opposition to $225M United Illuminating Project

Bridgeport has joined Fairfield, preservationists, residents and business owners in questioning the “unreasonable” impacts of a proposed $225 million project by United Illuminating. The utility company applied with the Connecticut Siting Council in March to replace its aging electric transmission lines with 100- to 135-foot monopoles along the Metro-North Railroad line in downtown Bridgeport, Fairfield […]

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CT’s building trades support transition to EVs – and want to build the infrastructure

Our 30,000 men and women members in the Connecticut State Building Trades Council are the best-trained construction workers in the nation. They stand ready to partner with our great state to construct, install, and maintain our Class 1 Renewable energy projects, including solar farms, offshore wind projects, fuel cells, anaerobic digesters, and electric vehicle charging […]

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Connecticut’s truck tax continues to fall short

Connecticut’s truck tax continues to underwhelm, falling $25 million short of estimated revenue from 2021 when the tax – called the Highway Use Tax (HUT) – was passed by the General Assembly along a party-line vote and over the protestations of Connecticut truckers. The HUT was passed following the defeat of Gov. Lamont’s numerous tolling […]

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Facing defeat, Lamont withdraws regs phasing out new gas car sales

A majority of the legislature’s Regulation Review Committee was poised to vote Tuesday to kill regulations prohibiting new gasoline-powered vehicle sales by 2035, forcing advocates and the administration of Gov. Ned Lamont to open talks on a new plan for passage by the full General Assembly in 2024. Jonathan Dach, the governor’s chief of staff, […]

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Oak View Group confident $100M renovation will spur XL Center turnaround; venue will draw ‘well above 30 shows a year’

International sports and entertainment company Oak View Group is preparing to wager at least $20 million that Hartford’s XL Center arena can transform from an aging venue running a $2 million annual deficit to a bustling moneymaker. The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) and OVG have a tentative deal that would require the Los Angeles-headquartered […]

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New Canaan residents raised $40M to build a new library in 18 months: ‘On time, on schedule, on budget’

As construction wraps up on a new town green space and library, the outpouring of donations during the fund-raising campaign have put the New Canaan Library on track to complete its work on budget. The library was granted the $10 million credit line in August 2021 for construction of the new library and a town […]

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West Haven’s new Washington School coming later, but at lower cost to taxpayers, officials say

When the City Council first approved funding to rebuild Washington Elementary School in May 2020, the total appropriation was just under $19.4 million — equaling roughly $3 million in additional costs on top of $16.4 million the city would pay less an expected state reimbursement rate of 67.14 percent on the estimated $38 million project. […]

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As investment in EV charging infrastructure ramps up, electric grid may need more than $1B upgrade

As Republicans cast doubt on the state’s 2035 electric vehicle mandate, Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration says it’s confident there will be enough charging stations to meet demand when the requirement for all new car sales to be electric takes effect. Automakers are preparing for the switch, rolling out electric versions of models ranging from SUVs […]

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$16B Gateway Program construction finally underway

After years of delays and political fights, construction finally began Nov. 3 on the Hudson River Tunnel portion of the Gateway Program, a $16.1 billion group of projects that will double capacity for the Northeast Corridor rail segment connecting New Jersey and New York City. President Joe Biden in January called Gateway “one of the […]

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Guilford Selectmen OK $2.6M Bid for Nut Plains Road Reconstruction

The Board of Selectmen has unanimously approved a nearly $2.6 million bid for the reconstruction of Nut Plains Road. The contract was awarded to DeRita and Sons Construction Company, based out of Middletown, Town Engineer Janice Plaziak said Monday. The town ultimately had to ask for additional money from the state’s Local Transportation Capital Improvement […]

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Improperly installed basins lead to repair work on Jefferson Avenue

Construction crews on Monday were putting the finishing touches on a Jefferson Avenue repair project that became necessary after new catch basins on the busy street were installed incorrectly. The drainage basins were originally added months ago as part of a $3.9 million state- funded project paid with Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program, or LOTCIP, […]

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Torrington school building committee seeks $5.6 million grant

Those involved with Torrington’s middle-high school building project, now under construction on Besse Drive, would like to enhance fitness opportunities there for the rest of the city, and are seeking a grant from the state. A grant from the state’s Community Investment Fund, a highly competitive program, was first discussed in June with the City […]

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New London project will remove lead pipes from water service lines connected to homes

The City of New London is working on becoming the first municipality in the state to have lead-free water service lines that lead to homes. City leaders said as much as 75% of the three-year project could be funded through state and federal funding, possibly through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, which aims to help distressed […]

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At $6.5 billion, Connecticut rail projects reach an ‘astronomical’ sum, even for supporters

The movable bridge — which a succession of speakers noted dates to the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt — is a notorious bottleneck along the nation’s Northeast Corridor, forcing trains to slow down to 30 mph as they cross over the Housatonic River, slow enough that they’re easily passed by cars traveling along the parallel […]

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New London community center construction delay will cost $230K

A six-month delay in breaking ground for the city’s new community center has so far increased the cost of the project by nearly $230,000. City officials are not ruling out heading to court to determine who’ll ultimately foot that bill. Construction of the planned 58,000-square-foot facility on the Fort Trumbull peninsula began in July, six […]

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UI, Fairfield property owners take monopole plan to CT Siting Council

Property owners would lose the right to develop parts of their own land if a United Illuminating project moves forward in Fairfield. UI has so far resisted demands from local elected officials, neighbors and business to alter its plan to minimize the potential impacts of a proposed project that would hang transmission lines from monopoles […]

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Torrington High School project progressing

Vicki Mancini, assistant library media specialist at the high school, joined a group that included Mario Longobucco and Ed Arum, co-chairmen of the building committee, for a tour of the $179 million project. “It’s much more than I expected,” Mancini said as she stood, amazed, in front of what will be a panoramic view of […]

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CT highway projects grab limelight. These 10 could come sooner, ‘so people see some progress.’

The iQuilt Partnership, a nonprofit promoting a more walkable city, envisions a complete makeover of the bridge, which dates to the late 1970s, with a ramp winding its way from the intersection of Market and Pleasant streets to the bridge. There would be a similar ramp in Riverside Park. The proposal, known as RiverLink, is […]

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New rail plan calls for New Haven Line improvements, better Penn Station access

Flush with billions of dollars in Congressionally-approved infrastructure funds, state and federal officials on Thursday released their 15-year vision for Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor that includes promises of increased service, quicker trains and new rail connections. The 457-mile link between Washington, D.C. and Boston — representing the nation’s busiest rail corridor — runs straight through Connecticut, […]

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Hearing Turns Testy as Developers Seek Approval for 508 Apartments Along Merritt in Stamford

This week’s public hearing on a developer’s plan to build multi-family housing in a largely vacant office park got testy all around. Residents said the developer’s representatives “browbeat” them with false information about the effects of the 508-apartment complex proposed for 900 Long Ridge Road, and fudged a study to make it look like the […]

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NYC tackles overdose deaths in construction

Staff from the Health and Building departments will be visiting construction sites to educate workers on substance abuse, the dangers of fentanyl, proper use of naloxone for overdose prevention and overall work site safety. At least 269 construction workers died of an overdose in 2020, by far the most of any occupation included in the […]

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CT GOP pushes pedal to metal opposing mandated shift to EVs

Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly on Wednesday ramped up their opposition to regulations that would commit Connecticut to phasing out sales of most new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, a goal intended to reinforce market trends toward zero-emission vehicles. Adoption of the regulations is uncertain, at best. The 14-member Regulation Review Committee is unusual in […]

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FuelCell Energy opens 14-MW fuel cell park in Derby, 2nd largest in North America

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy has completed the second-largest fuel cell park in North America, a 14-megawatt facility situated along the Housatonic River in Derby. The fuel cell park on Roosevelt Drive consists of 10 fuel cells, which convert natural gas into electricity through an electrochemical process that is virtually free of emissions. The facility will supply […]

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Danbury Proton renews push for cancer treatment center

Danbury Proton LLC has filed a new certificate of need application with the state Office of Health Strategy to establish a proton therapy center for cancer treatment. The estimated $90 million center, if approved, would be at 85 Wooster Heights Road, in Danbury. Danbury Proton re-applied for the certificate of need, or CON, in documents […]

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Norwich breaks ground on $200 million sewage treatment plant

Norwich Public Utilities General Manager Chris LaRose called the plant the largest capital project in city history while Federal Environmental Protection Agency New England regional administrator David Cash said it is the largest sewer infrastructure project in the state. And Jason Nickerson, chairman of Torrington-based general contractor CH Nickerson & Co. said it is the […]

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Shelton’s Daybreak Ridge condo expansion likely to be rejected

The sun appears to be setting on developers’ hopes to expand the Daybreak Ridge condominium development off River Road. The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voiced its opposition to approving a Planned Development District for the site in order to allow construction of an additional 28 units. Daybreak Ridge, LLC, is presently constructing 36 condominiums […]

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CT gives $800K transportation grants for Manchester sidewalk, South Windsor trail

Manchester and South Windsor are two of the 17 towns that will receive transportation grants from the state of Connecticut. Gov. Ned Lamont announced last week $11.7 million in state grants to 17 towns and cities across Connecticut for projects designed to improve transportation safety and accessibility, under the Community Connectivity Grant Program. Manchester officials […]

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Naugatuck seeks construction manager

The borough hopes to secure a construction manager deal to pave the way for the development of a road network for a new industrial park. The Board of Mayor and Burgesses gave the goahead for Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess to enter into an American Institute of Architects document standard form agreement with O&G Industries, […]

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To speed up construction, CRDA eyes project labor agreement for $100M XL Center upgrade

Taking a lesson from a year-long delay in the recently completed sports-betting lounge at Hartford’s XL Center, the Capital Region Development Authority plans to sign an agreement with local unions to ensure a ready supply of trained labor for the venue’s broader $100 million renovation. Now, as the CRDA prepares to launch a grander $100 […]

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Naugatuck officials looks to get brownfield grant for former Lewis Engineering site

The Board of Mayor and Burgesses unanimously agreed at its regular meeting Wednesday to adopt a resolution in support of fiscal year 2024 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Community Wide Assessment Grant and apply for the grant with an amount no greater than $500,000. Borough officials hope to obtain grant funds for three locations: Parcels […]

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Hartford’s Bushnell theater worries parking lost to redevelopment could spell trouble

Concerns over the loss of parking to redevelopment south of Hartford’s Bushnell Park could trigger a rare conflict between the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and Capital Region Development Authority. CRDA Executive Director Michael Freimuth, on Thursday, told the agency’s Regional & Economic Development Committee that Norwalk-based Spinnaker Real Estate Partners is seeking a […]

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Construction Underway for Madison Affordable Housing Project

Construction crews have broken ground on the next phase of a new affordable housing development in town, called Wellington at Madison. The buildings at 135-137 Cottage Road will consist of 27 units, 24 of which are designated for people who qualify for affordable housing. The 2.6-acre site already has four market-rate units on the property, […]

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486 Apartments Approved for Springside Complex as Middletown Greenlights Additional 72

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved another 72 apartments for the massive Springside Middletown complex on Wednesday, bringing the Newfield Street development up to 486 units. Attorney Meghan Hope, representing Newfield Development Partners, said the developer bought the 7.5-acre parcel along the Coginchaug River after the commission approved the other 16 buildings that made up […]

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A $1 billion bridge. The $300 million pier. Why are project construction costs in CT so high?

At nearly $1 billion apiece, the cost of replacing a pair of century-old rail bridges in Connecticut makes them among the most expensive transportation projects in the federal government’s pipeline. Both projects — Norwalk’s Walk Bridge Replacement and the construction of a new bridge to carry trains across the Connecticut River — were included in […]

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