Contact: Erin Marchitto
**For Immediate Release**
VIBRANT COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE 2013
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.
For more information on this topic please call the Connecticut Trust at 203.562.6312 or email EMarchitto@cttrust.org