WESTPORT, Conn. -- The State of Connecticut is awarding Westport a grant of $440,000 to improve the Saugatuck Station area.
The Westport grant will go toward an existing conditions analysis, public outreach, district planning, identification of partnerships and preliminary design of the Saugatuck Station Area. The plan is focused on improving the Saugatuck area in a manner that will benefit local residents, new residents, commuters and businesses.
The Saugatuck Station project is just one of 20 projects in towns and cities across Connecticut that will receive part of nearly $11 million in state funding. The competitive grant program supports transit-oriented development and responsible growth, targeted at boosting economic activity and creating jobs.
The grants come under the state’s Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of Policy and Management and relies on a combination of funding from the Responsible Growth Incentive Fund and the Transit-Oriented Development and Pre-development Fund.
“Investing in transportation is critical. Transportation and the future of our economy are fundamentally linked. Our focus is on not only improving overall quality of life for residents in these areas, but also encouraging economic development by making our towns and cities more accessible,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. “These grants will help us take another step towards making our state more competitive.”
“The grants ... will make Connecticut a better place to live, work, and compete in the 21st Century. These projects will improve pedestrian connections, increase multimodal transportation options, encourage infill development and discourage sprawl. And they complement the historic investments being made in public transit under the Let’s Go CT! initiative,” OPM Secretary Ben Barnes said.
In addition to Westport, Danbury and New Canaan have also been awarded grants from the State of Connecticut's Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program: Danbury will receive a grant of $225,000 to conduct research on land use and transportation conditions in the downtown area. New Canaan will receive grant of $150,000 for a Downtown Pedestrian Loop -- Weed Street Sidewalk Connection.