Mansfield receives Main Street Investment Fund grant for Storrs Center
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Mansfield - posted Mon., Jul. 15, 2013
On July 11, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced 14 recipients of Main Street Investment Fund grants. The town of Mansfield received a $500,000 grant to be used for the enhancement of public spaces in Storrs Center. “Main Street Investment grants play an important role in strengthening economic development initiatives on the local level,” said Malloy.
The Main Street Investment Fund provides financial incentives to eligible municipalities and owners of commercial private properties for expenditures that directly support and enhance a qualified project. Awards are not more than $500,000 and can be used for expenses such as building improvements, signage, lighting and streetscape improvements.
“We are very pleased to receive this grant,” said Cynthia van Zelm, executive director of the Mansfield Downtown Partnership. “The public spaces are a critical part of Storrs Center, and this funding will allow us to ensure that the necessary elements for the enhancement of the public spaces are in place.”
Mansfield’s grant funding will be used for decorative street lights and street trees on Dog Lane, Royce Circle and Wilbur Cross Way, sidewalk planters on Dog Lane, tree planters for the town square, decorative concrete in the Royce Circle and Wilbur Cross Way bump-outs, and way-finding signage for Phase 1A and the town square. Storrs Center Alliance plans to use funds for façade improvements on the buildings at 1 Dog Lane and 9 Dog Lane.