2013 Preservation of Place Grants Winners Announced
(Hartford, CT – December 20, 2012) – Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC), the downtown revitalization and economic development non-profit, announced today that six organizations and municipalities have been awarded a total of $60,000 in 2013 Preservation of Place grants. These grants will be used to provide Connecticut communities in Bridgeport, Kent, the Northwest corner, Putnam, Seymour and Westville Village (New Haven) with targeted resources to increase their capacity to plan for preservation and revitalization initiatives in their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
“Historic preservation and the revitalization of our Main Streets create jobs, bring vacant buildings back on the tax rolls and add value and vitality to adjacent buildings and neighborhoods,” said John Simone, CMSC President & CEO. “This year’s winners are taking steps to implement these types of positive changes by proactively planning for the growth and improvement of their downtowns.”
The Preservation of Place grant program provides a source of funding for new initiatives that can be integrated into, and leverage, comprehensive Main Street preservation and revitalization programs. The funds are meant to be flexible to meet individual community need. “The diversity of locations, from Putnam to New Haven, matched with the diversity of projects, from parking design to a marketing campaign, will allow each community to respond to their greatest current need, actively creating their direction of growth,” said Mr. Simone.
The winners will each receive a $10,000 Preservation of Place grant. The winning organizations and initiatives are: the Town of Kent for a Planning & Engineering Study for its Village Center Streetscape; the City of Bridgeport for the Little Asia Historic Streetscape and Archway Project; the Town of Putnam for the Putnam Downtown Center Signage and Wayfinding Design Project; the Town of Seymour for the Seymour Greenway Trail and Linear Park Master Plan; the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance for the Westville Village Public Parking Comprehensive Design & Marketing Plan; and the Northwestern Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative for the NW CT Village Center Vitality Tourism Marketing Campaign.
Since 2008, CMSC has awarded $288,030 through the Preservation of Place grant program to sixteen Connecticut communities, leveraging over $768,427 in local Main Street initiatives. The program receives support from the State Historic Preservation Office with funds from the Community Investment Act.