East Hartford and Goodwin University want to build a marina on the Connecticut River as part of development plan that includes hotel, restaurant and student housing

The $2 million grant is from the state Department of Economic and Community Development. The town and university would cover the remainder of the total $4 million cost for the 32-slip marina. The town is working with Goodwin to fund infrastructure improvements needed for the marina, including moving utilities underground, conversion of street lights to LED and expanded access to multi-use trails. The state, which spent about $130 million to build the schools, funded most of the cost of the manufacturing center addition, Goodwin officials have said. Still in the concept stage is a riverfront hotel with one or two restaurants on the site of a vacant restaurant at 125 Riverside Drive. The hospitality industry, however, has been hurting due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Todd Andrews, Goodwin’s senior vice president for economic and strategic development, said Monday.


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