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State Approves $500,000 to Renaissance Place Parking Garage

State Bond Commission announces $500,000 grant towards medical facility parking garage in Naugatuck on Parcel C.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday the state has approved a $500,000 grant for a parking garage in Naugatuck, which is the first architectural step in the borough’s long-awaited downtown renovation plan called Renaissance Place.

“This project will result in an overall reshaping of downtown Naugatuck, creating a vision that will spur revitalization, growth, and job creation,” Malloy said in a news release on Friday. “This funding will help the project move forward so that it can accomplish these important development goals.”

Borough officials have been looking for financial assistance for the parking garage for the past few months as it looked to kick-start the construction in its multimillion dollar public-private plan to redevelop downtown Naugatuck. The planned garage will be built on Parcel C — a 2.2-acre downtown swath of land currently being cleaned up — and will provide parking for a proposed St. Mary’s Hospital medical office.

The garage is also planned to provide parking for the Metro North railroad, which sits across Water Street.

Renaissance Place has been pegged as a mixed-use, transit-oriented development. Borough officials said it would create jobs through a multi-phase process.

State Sen. Joseph J. Crisco, D-Woodbridge, said the bond commission’s approval is an example of “good progress” towards the Renaissance Place project. Crisco, who represents several towns including Naugatuck, said it would benefit all borough residents and neighborhood towns.

“This particular funding will help underwrite the design for a new parking facility that will improve access to downtown offices and the Naugatuck train station,” Crisco said. “It’s important to note how the collaborative effort of the Naugatuck legislative delegation and Mayor Robert Mezzo and his administration led to this funding plan.”

State Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, R-Naugatuck, called the news a "huge step" towards revitalizing Naugatuck. In a news release, Rebimbas thanked the governor's office for recognizing the potential of the project.

"When I first arranged meetings between the governor’s staff, Mayor Mezzo, developer Alexius Conroy, St. Mary’s Hospital, the Naugatuck Development Corporation, and the Naugatuck legislative delegation I knew we could work together to move this project forward," Rebimbas said. "I also want to thank St. Mary's Hospital for their patience and willingness to reinvest in Naugatuck."

State Sent. Joan V. Hartley, Naugatuck’s other legesltor, said she is grateful to Malloy and the Bond Commission for recognizing the project.

“It is critical we provide safe and secure parking for the Naugatuck train station,” said Hartley. “In addition, I am pleased for the state support in moving Waterbury’s intermodal downtown transportation center forward.”

“This is good news for the people of Naugatuck,” Said state Rep. David Labriola, R-Oxford. “It will pave the way for the promise of Renaissance Place to become a reality.”

Eric April 29, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Could it be that by the time all phases are complete this garage will need replacing? Progress is always a good step.
blah blah blah April 29, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Finally, some good news for our small town!
Jim April 29, 2011 at 11:16 PM
'“This particular funding will help underwrite the design for a new parking facility that will improve access to downtown offices and the Naugatuck train station,” Crisco said. ' This structure will do little to help with parking for those visiting Church Street businesses and offices. Not a lot of people are going to park next door to the post office and walk to anyplace further than the immediate area surrounding the Green, especially in inclement weather or when it is very cold. I am concerned with how much it is going to cost the taxpayers to build and then maintain the structure. And where is Mr. Conroy and his army of investors?
Terri Takacs April 29, 2011 at 11:57 PM
This is fantastic news for Naugatuck! My heartfelt thanks to all who have worked so hard and long to make this happen!
John Q. Public April 30, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Shouldn't they build something that NEEDS PARKING FIRST ???? There is really nothing around that people need to park for besides yet another medical clinic (That'll liven things up downtown) and as far as parking for the train station, there are plenty of spots AT the train station.
Lynn April 30, 2011 at 01:19 AM
It's ironic that our State approved the grant money for the parking garage which will benefit the train station yet Gov Malloy proposes to cut railroad funding in the state budget!!! FYI -there is plenty of parking at the train station (the whole side to the right of the museum is rarely used). How much additional money needs to be spent by US taxpayers to complete this parking garage project????
Rat April 30, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Anything that happens in naugatuck is a joke.Lookout Tax payers your bill is going up......Theres nothing in downtown naugatuck.there's parking everywhere.There's no businesse's.the train station parking lot is huge.The onlyones that are going to benifit is the builders for the garage.I bet it'll be the same joke when the town gave tax breaks for General datacom to build their parking lot.wich is full of trees now.Naugatuck will and always be the same No businesses to support.The only company left is the naugatuck glass shop when that gets shipped to china.It will be the end of this project.
HomeBrewIt April 30, 2011 at 02:48 PM
A big ugly cement parking garage.... Lovely.
Bll Jackson April 30, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Really Rat? Maybe you should get out of Naugatuck and go to other towns that are thriving in CT. West Hartford, New Haven, Stamford to name a few have bustling downtowns. Why Rat? Because they have industry with high paying jobs such as the health care industry. Without that we have a downtown with nothing. So let the officials continue to work and bring our downtown back.
John Q. Public April 30, 2011 at 11:23 PM
How is a parking garage going to help downtown ? You make no sense, are you trying to tell us that St. Mary's Wellness Center is going bring high paying jobs to town ? Finally we'll have someplace for all our unemployed doctors to work. It sounds like it's going to be another clinic for people who don't even have cars to park anyway. I think Rat is closer to the truth than you. The only jobs created by this project will be for the OUT-OF-STATE company that wins the bid to build it and maybe 4 or 5 minimum wage parking garage attendants.
tramar May 01, 2011 at 06:52 PM
500,000 is just for planning and design!!!!what a waste of money
Jim May 01, 2011 at 10:11 PM
Wait until it is up for 3 or 4 years and starts cracking...who's going to pay for all the repairs...I'm betting it will be the taxpayers. This is another huge waste of taxpayer resources at a time when we can least afford to waste anything. Who is going to bear the brunt of the cost of building this medical center?
Vox Populi May 02, 2011 at 11:04 AM
Rat, when was the last time you were downtown? I guess Nardelli, Rosenblatt's, Burnsies or across the bridge one block over American Vintage Furniture and New England bakery or the 10 or so eateries on Church Street all don't count as businesses in your mind. Just as an FYI, I was in General Datacomm's lot on Sat. looking at cars at a Better Way Auto. The only trees in their lot were the decorative ones planted when they first moved in. Also did you know they still employ some 50 people there that make all their products here in the USA? This is per a current employee I know. Unfortunately, just as the rubber industry and Hershey left Naugatuck as times changed, General Datacomm when they first moved here employed 1,850 people in CT almost half of which worked in Naugatuck (source GDC annual report 1986 page 14) has remained and tried to tough it out even though their industry changed (telecomm market crash of 2000). So is your answer just let the town die a slow death or do we try to adapt as Bill Jackson commented below? Do You have a better solution?
blah blah blah May 02, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Really, rat? Whenever I go downtown to Church St. I can only hope to find a parking space. I also agree with Bill Jackson - time for you to get the heck outta here!
Marcia Puc May 02, 2011 at 12:53 PM
I wish the money could go toward helping finish the Greenway. While I think it's great that Naugatuck will get state funding for anything, I think it would be helpful for people to have a reason to come to Naugatuck in the first place... As far as parking goes, I never have a problem finding parking. There are days when you have to park a bit further away than you'd like, but there's never a lack of parking. I used to live in a big city and that's just the way it is -- you can never park right outside of a business that you want to solicit (and we had meters that you continually had to feed quarters into -- you don't see that in Naugatuck.) West Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, etc. has meters. At least we can park for free in our town, for now.
Kayakguy May 02, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Hope everyone is coming to the Naugatuck River Canoe and kayak race this Saturday!...Thats one thing that is going on in Naugatuck that is not a joke....Though it is lots of fun!!! Contact info is .... www.4CToutdoors.com

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