HARTFORD- State Rep. David Rutigliano (R-123) along with State Reps. Laura Devlin (R-134) and Ben McGorty (R-122) are proud to announce that the State Bond Commission has allocated $475,000 for the improvements to Long Hill Green in Trumbull.
The grant applied for by the Herbst administration through economic development director Rina Bakalar, and supported by the entire legislative delegation was approved through the Main Street Investment Fund program administrated by the Connecticut Department of Housing.
The grant will permit basic improvements that will establish long Hill green as a village center and supporting multiple new and existing businesses in the area. The Long Hill Green section is an approximately 25,000-square-foot area comprised of 11 new businesses and nine apartments.
“How fitting that this grant comes right after ‘Small Business Saturday’, which celebrates local businesses in Connecticut. The purpose of the Long Hill Green project is intended promote ‘mom-and-pop’ small stores in Trumbull, which are 80% of all the businesses in Connecticut, they are the engine of the state’s economy,” said Rep. Devlin.
Rep. Rutigliano said, “This revitalization project to Long Hill Green will increase safety and pedestrian accessibility while improving the overall aesthetics and commercial viability of the space and add lasting value and functionality to the green.”
“This project will make essential improvements in the interest of safety and appearance,” said Rep. McGorty. “These enhancements are critical to improving the ability to promote the great businesses located at Long Hill Green.”
The Village Districts Act, passed by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1998, is an aggressive tool to help municipalities protect and preserve their community character and historic development patterns. The law allows towns to designate village districts as a way of protecting sections of towns that have distinctive character, landscape and historic structures. Within these areas, the town zoning commission may adopt regulations governing such matters as the design and placement of buildings and maintenance of public views.