WILTON, Conn. – Wilton is one of 13 communities across the state that will share in $5 million in state grants from the Main Street Investment Fund, which the town will use to improve sidewalks throughout Wilton Center.
The town was awarded $425,000 in the grant, which is administered through the state Department of Housing.
This Wilton project, which will address various safety concerns related to the Americans With Disabilities Act, will provide public sidewalks within the vehicle travel way. The project dovetails with other completed downtown improvements such as the installation of benches, concrete roadway curbing, 75 decorative street lamps, seasonal flower pot arrangements, and the 2010 completion of the Veterans Memorial Green.
Earlier this year, Wilton was awarded a $500,000 state grant to build a pedestrian walkway to connect the town center, the train station and several multifamily residential communities. (Read about that grant here on the Daily Voice.)
Governor Dannel P. Malloy said the grants aim to develop or improve town commercial districts in an effort to attract small businesses, grow jobs, and improve pedestrian access and livability in town centers.
“These grants are a great way for the state to support our cities and towns in their efforts to develop and improve their commercial centers,” Malloy said Tuesday. “This program responds to the unique needs of individual communities all around the state by creating partnerships with local governments and merchants to improve aesthetics and pedestrian access, attract new businesses, new customers, and new residents — ultimately breathing new life into our smaller commercial centers.”
The Main Street Investment Fund provides financial incentives to eligible municipalities as well as owners of commercial private properties for expenditures that directly support and enhance a qualified project.
Awards are no more than $500,000 and can be used for expenses such as building improvements, signs, lighting, and streetscape improvements.
The funded projects are also in Berlin, Bethel, Coventry, Farmington, New London, Newington, Norfolk, Pomfret, Rocky Hill, Seymour, Vernon, and Windsor.
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