(Hartford, CT – February 2, 2010) – CT Main Street Center announced today that six nonprofit Main Street organizations and municipalities have been awarded a total of $60,000 in 2010 Preservation of Place grants. The Preservation of Place grant program provides Connecticut communities with targeted resources to increase their capacity to plan for preservation and revitalization initiatives in their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. The program provides a source of funding for new initiatives that can be integrated into, and leverage more, comprehensive Main Street preservation and revitalization programs.

Since this grant program began in 2007, over $168,000 has been awarded to 12 Connecticut communities, leveraging over $524,000 in Main Street initiatives  CT Main Street Center’s Preservation of Place grant program receives support from the Commission on Culture and Tourism with funds from the State of Connecticut, through the Community Investment Act.

Funded by Community Investment Act

“Historic Preservation, which includes the revitalization of our Main Streets, creates jobs, brings vacant buildings back on the tax rolls and adds value and vitality to adjacent buildings and neighborhoods. Investing in our Main Streets is responsible growth at its best,” said John Simone, President & CEO of CT Main Street Center. “The Community Investment Act (CIA) supports the infrastructure of Place – pristine open space, vibrant historic town centers, working farms and housing choices for everyone. Our infrastructure of Place is at the intersection of sustainable economic development and quality of life.”

 2010 recipients of CT Main Street Center’s Preservation of Place grants include the Town of Barkhamsted for the rehabilitation and reuse strategy for the Lambert Hitchcock House, Riverton Village; the Town of Manchester for a downtown parking study / needs assessment; Rose City Renaissance, Norwich for the Norwich cultural heritage tourism integration project; the Town of Putnam for a downtown vision, action plan & policy/regulatory plan; Simsbury Main Street Partnership for creation of the town center form-based code; and Main Street Waterbury for an adaptive reuse feasibility study for the Frederick Building on East Main Street.