Lamont: $1M Grant Funds Madison Transit-Oriented Development Projects

MADISON, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont last week approved $6.8 million in state grants for six Connecticut communities to fund transit-focused development projects. Madison is one of those six.

The city is scheduled to receive more than $1 million in funding, including over $760,000 for streetscape improvements and $200,000 for citywide sidewalk projects.

The grants are part of the state’s Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program administered by the Office of Policy and Management. The program provides grants for shovel-ready capital projects located within a half-mile radius of existing public transportation facilities and encourages infrastructure development with the goal of creating walkable, mixed-use spaces that support vibrant, sustainable, and equitable communities.

State Senator Christine Cohen (D-Guilford) and State Representative John-Michael Parker (D-Madison) welcomed the announcement.

“These transit-focused development grants are very competitive, but Connecticut is making an investment in the beautiful community of Madison and other state infrastructure projects,” Cohen said. “These grants, combined with the recent STEAP award, will improve our quality of life and economic development, as well as the safety of pedestrians and shoppers. I was fortunate to have worked with First Selectwoman Lyons and Representative Parker to determine the appropriate funding mechanisms and to maximize opportunities for the city. Madison has wonderful projects underway and I am grateful for the fruitful relationship and collaborative partnership we have built between city officials, our legislative delegation and the governor’s office.”

The Madison Center Project Streetscape Improvements Project receives a $761,134 grant for the removal and relocation of above-ground utilities and the construction of streets and other street and pedestrian improvements in the city’s business district at Boston Post Road.

The city’s Pedestrian Improvement Project for Woodland Road, Route 79 and Bradley Road received a $206,488 grant to build approximately 4,250 feet of sidewalk and associated crosswalks along Woodland Road, Route 79 and Bradley Road, the a link to previous transit-oriented development-funded sidewalks on Bradley Road and the Tuxis Walkway.

“I am thrilled with the continued support Madison has received from the state for a variety of critical projects that will advance economic development and improve our quality of life here in the city,” said Parker. “Thank you to the Governor and to our community partners who are enabling these steps towards better transport-centric development. I’m so proud to be part of a team that has delivered for our residents and is working hard to prepare for our future.”

Madison First Selectwoman Peggy Lyons said the funding will allow the city to move forward with the projects.

“We aspire to develop a safer, more connected downtown area that offers walkers, cyclists, drivers and public transit customers easier access to our local businesses and other nearby community amenities,” said Lyons. “These two grants will allow us to keep these community projects on track to completion and partially offset local taxpayer needs.”

Lyons thanked Cohen and Parker for their “partnership in advancing these grants through the application process and for their continued efforts to serve our city.”

“I am also extremely grateful to Gov. Lamont,” she said, “for his continued commitment to fund Madison’s future through this and other strategic infrastructure grants for projects such as the Madison Center Project, the Academy Community Center and the bulkhead replacement at Garvan Point. “

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