Danbury, Norwalk, Derby, Stamford Museum, set for awards when State Bond Commission meets next week

danpodiumThe State Bond Commission, controlled by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, has scheduled a rare meeting for next Monday. The panel usually meets on the last Friday of the month.

And with the power of office goes the power of public relations. The Blogster just received a news release from incoming Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, touting the imminent release of $3.5 million for his city’s Wall Street Place mixed-use development, including 100 new apartments and 16,000 square feet of retail business space. “Wall Street Place is going to be a game changer for Norwalk,” Duff said in a state. “Additional housing and retail space means more jobs for Norwalk residents, and growth in our local economy.”

“Housing is a key component of our success to get Connecticut moving again – one that helps individuals and families find stability and employment, and creates stable communities where families and young professionals can thrive,” Malloy said in the same release. “Wall Street Place is expanding the availability of affordable and supportive housing units in Norwalk, and I’m proud that the State of Connecticut playing a significant role in helping to get this project off the ground.”

In addition: The City of Stamford is scheduled to get $4 million Phase 2 of the Mill River Flood and Erosion Control project, to extend three-mile-long river greenway park and diminish flooding risk for 20 properties on the east side of the river.

Also: $750,000 for the Stamford Museum and Nature Center for renovations and improvements to its multipurpose farmhouse building.

Also: $2.5 million to the Connecticut Institute for Communities, Inc., in collaboration with the Danbury War Memorial, Inc., to finance the acquisition of and renovations to the former Boughton Street branch of the Danbury YMCA

for development of a community center.

Also: $800,000 to the Connecticut Institute for
Communities, Inc. to assist with renovations for seven head start classrooms at the Head
Start of Northern Fairfield County facility at 29 Park Avenue in Danbury. Plus $498,000 to the Danbury War Memorial Inc. to
assist with renovations and improvements to the War Memorial community center building, including upgrades to the gymnasium and fitness center, relocation of the
main entrance and lobby, security improvements, refurbishment of three early childhood
classrooms and other miscellaneous renovations.

Also: $445,000 to provide a grant-in-aid to the City of Derby to finance

planning for revitalization of the downtown, including the review of prior plans, site assessments, revised development zones,
design guidelines, economic analyses, public input and development of conceptual and
detailed redevelopment plans.