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SANFORD- BRISTOL HOUSE SAVED: PRESS CONFERENCE

A press conference will be held on January 17, 2014 at 3PM at the the Sanford Bristol House 111-113 North Street in Milford, CT. Please confirm your attendance by emailing EMarchitto@cttrust.org or calling Erin at 203.562.6312.

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** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**


Hope Springs Eternal for the Sanford- Bristol House in Milford, CT


Contact: Erin Marchitto
Phone: 203-562-6312


Milford-- A new owner has saved the Sanford-Bristol house on North Street from demolition, giving it a promising future. In October, the Milford Trust for Historic Preservation joined by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation as co-plantiff, sued under the Connecticut Environmental Protect Act (CEPA) to prevent the demolition of the 1790 house. The CEPA act allows citizens to challenge unreasonable destruction of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In November, the two Trusts reached a settlement with property owners William P. Farrell Sr. and Gwendolyn Farrell allowing the property to be sold to another party. Resolving the third in a recent string of CEPA cases, the sale of the Sanford-Bristol house confirms that selling a historic property to a new owner is a reasonable alternative to demolition. 


Connecticut based Griswold Home Care has purchased the Sanford-Bristol House. A press conference will be held at the house located on 111-113 North Street in Milford at 3PM on Friday, January 17, 2014. The new owner, Lesley Mills, will be present to speak about future plans for the property and the house will be open to walk through for the first time in several years. 
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2013 HISTORIC PRESERVATION TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS AWARDED

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Tel: 203-562-6312

Email: EMarchitto@cttrust.org

November 2013

**For Immediate Release**                                                            

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation announce awards of Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants

In October, the Connecticut Trust approved Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants, and Maintenance & Repair Grants totaling $165,000 to 10 municipalities and nonprofit organizations. The grants will make possible a minimum initial investment of $330,000 in these historic sites.

The grants, intended to encourage and support community efforts in planning for the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic buildings and places, are part of the Trust’s technical assistance program, in collaboration with and with generous funding from the Connecticut General Assembly and the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development, through the Community Investment Act. The grants went to:

Bridgeport, ABCD, Inc. and The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community, Inc., were awarded up to $20,000 for an Historic Structure Report and a repair and stabilization plan for the Mary Freeman House (1848), an Italianate double house and the Eliza Freeman House (1848), a Greek Revival half house. 

Bridgeport, Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Church was awarded up $20,000 to perform a condition assessment of the neo-Byzantine style church designed by Harry E. Koerner of Bridgeport and built in 1937.

Derby, City of Derby The City of Derby was awarded up to $20,000 for design development drawings for Part 2 of the State Historic Preservation Tax Credit. The City of Derby has been involved in the restoration of the opera house for the past 20 years. Once complete the building will one of the largest restoration projects in the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

Durham, Town of Durham The Town of Durham was awarded up to $20,000 for pre-construction planning to incorporate two historic houses located in the Durham Historic District into the town’s plans for a public safety complex.  The houses, located at 37 Main Street (1877, 1881) and 38 Main Street (1883) are representative of modest late 19th century domestic architecture and mark the southern entrance to the busy historic district.

Hamden, The Town of Hamden was awarded up to $5,000 for stabilization and roof repairs at the Maselli Farm barn.

Hartford, The City of Hartford and Elizabeth Park Conservancy were awarded up to $15,000 for maintenance and repair to the park’s Caretaker’s Cottage.

Hartford, The Stowe Center The Stowe Center was awarded up to $20,000 for architectural and engineering services required for environmental and climate control improvements to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House (1871), a National Historic Landmark, and design of a fire suppression system.

Newtown, Town of Newtown and the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers were awarded up to $15,000 for window repair and energy efficiency upgrades at Newtown Town Hall.

South Windsor, Town of South Windsor The Town of South Windsor was awarded up to $15,000 for a feasibility study of the Priest Farm property to accommodate the South Windsor FOOD Alliance.  The 74 acre property (with 1823 farmhouse, barns and silo) provides excellent facilities for a central location for the FOOD Alliance and for significant educational programs.

Weston, The Town of Weston and Friends of Lachat were awarded up to $15,000 for exterior repairs to the David Godfrey farmhouse.

For more information on grants, please contact Jane Montanaro, Preservation Services Officer at jmontanaro@cttrust.org.  To schedule a check presentation at one of these sites, please contact Erin Marchitto, Communications Manager at emarchitto@cttrust.org.

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LEGAL ACTION TO SAVE SANFORD-BRISTOL HOUSE, MILFORD CT

Contact: Erin Marchitto                                                

Tel: 203.562.6312

Email: EMarchitto@cttrust.org  

**For Immediate Release**

LEGAL ACTION TO SAVE SANFORD-BRISTOL HOUSE, MILFORD CT

The Connecticut Trust joins the Milford Preservation Trust as Co-Plaintiff

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has joined the Milford Preservation Trust as co-plaintiff in their legal action to save the Sanford-Bristol house, 111-113 North St., Milford, from destruction. The house is a contributing structure in the River Park National Register of Historic Places district and is a unique 18th century home.

On October 11, 2013, two days before a local delay of demolition period was set to expire, the Milford Preservation Trust filed suit under Section 22a-19a of the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act, which allows citizens to challenge unreasonable destruction of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In response to the filing, the court issued a temporary restraining order forbidding any demolition before a hearing could be held. A hearing on the issue is set for October 28, 2013 to determine if the destruction is unreasonable and if there exists a prudent and feasible alternative to the destruction.

Helen Higgins, Executive Director at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, supports the Milford Preservation Trust explaining, “Protection of Connecticut’s historic resources is our highest priority at the Trust. We join this suit to continue to support our local partners as they strive to preserve a significant building in historic Milford.”

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For more information on this topic please call the Connecticut Trust at 203.562.6312 or email EMarchitto@cttrust.org

VIBRANT COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE: 2013 RECIPIENTS

Contact: Erin Marchitto                                                

Tel: 203.562.6312

Email: EMarchitto@cttrust.org  

**For Immediate Release**

VIBRANT COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE 2013

2013 Recipients

The Connecticut Trust’s Vibrant Communities Initiative (VCI), funded by the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development, with funds from the Community Investment Act, helps Connecticut municipalities to plan and act on preserving historic resources, to enhance and protect cultural landscapes, to promote preservation for downtown revitalization, and to revitalize historic villages, neighborhoods, or downtowns.

In September, the Trust awarded grants of $50,000 each to Clinton, Derby, Hartford, Waterford and Westport. In addition to the funding, Connecticut Circuit Rider Brad Schide works with each recipient to implement projects.

Clinton: Historic Resources Surrounding the Unilever Industrial Business and Downtown Area

The downtown area surrounding the vacant Unilever Industrial building and the train station contains many historic resources. As a result the town is seeking to create a National Register Historic district and implement village district zoning regulations. The town of Clinton will also complete a feasibility study of the 270,000 foot vacant former Ponds/Unilever Art Deco industrial building for mixed use and tax credit funding.

Derby: Birmingham Green National Register District

The Birmingham Green National Register historic district encompasses most of downtown Derby and the adjacent business district. Derby will use the funds to develop a preservation plan with a consultant team to update the historic site survey, identify key historic properties in the downtown, and propose reuse options that tie into Derby’s development plans. The Trust and the State Historic Preservation Office are currently providing preservation consulting services to the Town of Derby for the rehabilitation of the Sterling Opera House which is included in the study area of this grant.

Hartford: Capewell Horse Nail Factory

The Capewell Horse Nail Factory is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also in the same neighborhood as the Colt Factory Buildings, making its rehabilitation a major priority of the preservation community. The City and State have committed funding for construction and environmental analysis. This grant will provide the city and the developer with detailed architectural drawings to facilitate its development.

Waterford: Jordan Village National Register District

The town of Waterford will produce a Village District, design guidelines and a preservation plan for the Jordan Village National Register District. The grant will provide funding to update an old survey, creating  a streetscape plan which links the municipal center with historic resources. 

Westport: Village District Zoning

The VCI grant will produce village district boundaries and guidelines in Westport's downtown center and seek out properties to place on the National Register of Historic Places. The grant will ensure historic resources are protected in the current City's effort to formulate a master plan for the downtown area.

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For more information on this topic please call the Connecticut Trust at 203.562.6312 or email EMarchitto@cttrust.org