New London leaders celebrate state funding for community center

It’s a 7-acre plot of land that has been vacant for decades and was at one time composed of 24 different parcels, a mix of residences and businesses. Last week, the state announced New London was to receive $1.2 million for assessment and remediation of the property and to help defray construction costs associated with the $30 million project. Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz joined city leaders in the conference room Tuesday to formally announce the state funding, part of the $17.9 million awarded to 13 municipalities through the state Department of Economic and Community Development Brownfield Remediation Program. The news conference was supposed to be held on the site, but the cold winds forced the gathering inside. Felix Reyes, director of the city’s Office of Community and Economic Development, said if the projected timeline holds, bid packages for contractors will be ready in April in anticipation of shovels in the ground sometime this spring.

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