House Approves Land Conveyance for Community Garden

Posted on June 1, 2019 by admin


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State Representative Stephanie Cummings (R-74) today praised unanimous passage of legislation she co-sponsored that transfers a parcel of state land to the City of Waterbury for use as a community garden.

This land conveyance – HB7417 – requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioner to convey an approximately 0.11 acre parcel to the city of Waterbury in exchange for the administrative costs. The parcel is required to be used only for a community garden and managed by a neighborhood association, otherwise parcel ownership will revert back to the state.

“Transferring this small plot to the city for exclusive use of the community is great for the East End, and for Waterbury,” Rep. Cummings said. “I want to thank Alderman Roger Sherman and East End Community Club Secretary Liz Bullard for their hard work on this issue, and my colleagues in the House for recognizing the importance that small garden parcels like this have in promoting a sense of community inclusion and fellowship.  I look forward to seeing, and tasting, the beautiful and delicious plants and vegetables that are grown there in the coming years.”

The conveyance still requires final approval from the State Properties Review Board.  The state treasurer must also finalize any deed or contract language prior to the property being turned over to the city.

“Anytime we can find suitable, sustainable and positive uses for unimproved parcels and properties like this one is a huge win for the continued improvement and beautification of our community,” Rep. Cummings said.