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7/11/2013 - 07/11/2013: Mansfield Receives $500,000 for Storrs Center

Town of Mansfield Receives $500,000 Main Street Investment Fund Grant
for Storrs Center

July 11, 2013 – Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today the fourteen recipients of Main Street Investment Fund grants during a visit to Berlin, CT. The Town of Mansfield received a $500,000 grant for use in the enhancement of the public spaces in Storrs Center.

“Main Street Investment grants play an important role in strengthening economic development initiatives on the local level,” said Governor Malloy. “This program is unique in that it builds a working partnership between state government and the smaller communities that are striving to strengthen their commercial centers and attract additional business. I applaud the leadership in Berlin, and in the other 13 towns, for their focus on creating accessible and livable downtowns.”

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 not more than $500,000 and can be used for expenses such as building improvements, signage, lighting, and streetscape improvements.

“We are very pleased to receive this grant,” commented Cynthia van Zelm, Executive Director of the Mansfield Downtown Partnership. “The public spaces are a critical part of Storrs Center, and this funding will allow us to ensure that the necessary elements for the enhancement of the public spaces are in place.”

Mansfield’s grant funding will be used for decorative street lights and street trees on Dog Lane, Royce Circle, and Wilbur Cross Way; sidewalk planters on Dog Lane, tree planters for the Town Square, decorative concrete pavement in the Royce Circle and Wilbur Cross Way bump-outs, and way-finding signage for the Phase 1A and the Town Square. Storrs Center Alliance plans to use funds for facade improvements on the buildings at 1 Dog Lane and 9 Dog Lane.

Mansfield Mayor Betsy Paterson said, “We appreciate the continued support of Governor Malloy for Storrs Center. The new downtown has not only brought in over twenty new businesses and approximately 175 full and part-time jobs in just the first two phases, but it is also serving to enhance the feel of community in town by creating public spaces, like the Town Square, that residents of all ages can enjoy.”

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The Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization formed by the Town of Mansfield and the University of Connecticut in 2001 to coordinate the development of downtown in Mansfield. The Partnership seeks to foster the continued development and management of Storrs Center - a vibrant and economically successful mixed-use downtown at the heart of our community. The Partnership will actively assist with the future community and economic development of Four Corners, King Hill Road, and other areas identified by the Town of Mansfield and the University of Connecticut. 
 
www.mansfieldct.org/mdp

Storrs Center is a mixed-use town center and main street corridor at the crossroads of the Town of Mansfield, Connecticut and the University of Connecticut. Located along Storrs Road adjacent to the University, the Town Hall, the regional high school, and the community center, Storrs Center knits thoughtful architecture, pedestrian-oriented streets, and public spaces into a series of small neighborhoods that make up the new fabric of the town center. Ground floor retail and commercial uses opening onto landscaped sidewalks reinforce traditional street front activity and is supported by residences above and shared community spaces. Storrs Center combines retail, restaurant, and office uses with residential apartments. 

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