West Haven gets $1.5 million in state funding for sewer and other improvements in Allington
The city, through the efforts of its legislative delegation in Hartford, landed $1.5 million in state funding for sewer and other site improvements related to the University Commons Park View development in Allingtown.
The State Bond Commission approved the funds, which are for site, streetscape and sewer improvements along Route 1 last Friday, state Rep. Michael DiMassa, D-West Haven, announced.
The improvements will allow the Park View development — the second of three phases of the University Commons project, following last year’s completion of The Atwood development across the Boston Post Road — to move forward, DiMassa said in a written release.
Mayor Nancy Rossi said she was “very, very pleased” to receive this grant.
“We’re using it to improve Allingtown and it will bring millions of dollars in development,” Rossi said in the release. “I am very pleased to have been a part of it from the beginning as I personally visited the (Department of Economic and Community Development) and asked for the grant.
“Initially, the city had planned to bond for the funds on its own, but that would not have been cost effective,” Rossi said. “I also want to thank our state representatives — DiMassa, Borer and Ferraro — because without them, we wouldn’t have gotten this done.”
The first phase of the University Commons development, The Atwood, included more than 90,000 square feet of residential and commercial space. Park View will include an additional 55,000 square feet of retail and residential space.
“Reps. DiMassa and Borer have worked tirelessly for their communities and securing this funding is a prime example of that,” said Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin/Southington.
“The residents of West Haven are fortunate to have such strong voices advocating on their behalf in Hartford, and I look forward to seeing the completion of the University Commons Park View development,” Aresimowicz said
DiMassa said he was “grateful to the entire West Haven legislative delegation ... for their efforts in supporting this project.”
Besides DiMassa, the delegation includes representatives Dorinda Borer, D-West Haven, and Charles Ferraro, R-West Haven, and senators Gary Winfield , D-New Haven, and Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford.
“It was a true team effort that helped secure these funds and I thank Governor Malloy and all members of the Bond Commission for recognizing the significance of the University Commons development,” DiMassa said.
“I am pleased funding for this critical project was prioritized,” said Borer in the release. “The positive impact of this investment will be felt throughout the city and I am happy to have helped make it happen.”
Ferraro said by phone that the West Haven delegation “lobbied to get the bond commission to include that $1.5 million for that project so that the project can go forward...
“It’s a good thing for West Haven,” he said.