New state grant to aid redevelopment near Hartford’s Dunkin’ Donuts Park, 11 other towns and cities

The grant for the redevelopment of a long-blighted corner northwest of Hartford’s Dunkin Donuts Park was part of $45 million in funding announced Wednesday by Gov. Ned Lamont, the first round from the Connecticut Communities Challenge Grant Program. In Hartford, the $6.3 million was considered crucial to redeveloping city-owned property at the corner of Main and Ann Uccello streets, plus two nearby historic buildings. The $17.5 million project seeks to create 43 apartments and more than 7,000 square feet of storefront space. Hartford was one of 12 towns and cities to share in the first round of grant money from the program. The communities challenge program, administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development is expected to award up to $100 million in grants over the next several years. A second round is planned for this fall.

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