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 \u2014 the second of three phases of the University Commons project, following last year\u2019s completion of The Atwood development across the Boston Post Road \u2014 to move forward, DiMassa said in a written release. Mayor Nancy Rossi said she was \u201cvery, very pleased\u201d to receive this grant. \u201cWe\u2019re using it to improve Allingtown and it will bring millions of dollars in development,\u201d Rossi said in the release. \u201cI 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. \u201cInitially, the city had planned to bond for the funds on its own, but that would not have been cost effective,\u201d Rossi said. \u201cI also want to thank our state representatives \u2014 DiMassa, Borer and Ferraro \u2014 because without them, we wouldn\u2019t have gotten this done.\u201d 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. \u201cReps. DiMassa and Borer have worked tirelessly for their communities and securing this funding is a prime example of that,\u201d said Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin\/Southington. \u201cThe 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,\u201d Aresimowicz said DiMassa said he was \u201cgrateful to the entire West Haven legislative delegation ... for their efforts in supporting this project.\u201d 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. \u201cIt 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,\u201d DiMassa said. \u201cI am pleased funding for this critical project was prioritized,\u201d said Borer in the release. \u201cThe positive impact of this investment will be felt throughout the city and I am happy to have helped make it happen.\u201d Ferraro said by phone that the West Haven delegation \u201clobbied to get the bond commission to include that $1.5 million for that project so that the project can go forward... \u201cIt\u2019s a good thing for West Haven,\u201d he said.