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Stonington applying for Small Cities funds


STONINGTON — The town is applying to the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program, also known as the Small Cities Program, for funds to renovate the Edythe K. Richmond senior housing development.

There will be a public hearing on the application Wednesday at the Stonington Police Station, 173 South Broad St., at 5:30 p.m. The public hearing is required by law when a town plans to submit an application to the program.

The town plans to apply for $800,000, the maximum grant awarded for modernization of at least 26 units of public housing. The money will be used for replacing floors, toilets, sinks, lights and doors.

All grants from the state program must be used for property acquisition, housing rehabilitation, public housing modernization, community facilities, public services, or economic development. Projects must meet one of three objectives: be a benefit to low- or moderate-income residents, elimination of slums and blight, or meeting urgent community development needs.

The public hearing will be led by L. Wagner & Associates, a Waterbury, Conn.-based community development consultant. Residents at the hearing will be able to comment on the town’s community development and housing needs, and discuss specific projects that could be part of the application.

Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may submit written comments to the first selectman’s office between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents may also call the first selectman, Edward Haberek Jr., at 860-525-5050 with comments.

Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The state distributes about $13 million in competitive grants each year. Since 1982, the program has provided more than $325 million to Connecticut towns.



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