Posted on April 4, 2022
SHELTON – Representative Jason Perillo (R-Shelton), Representative Ben McGorty (R-Shelton), Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford), and Mayor Mark A. Lauretti applauded the state bond commission’s approval of a $5 million state investment in Shelton’s 306 Constitution Boulevard extension and Commerce Park.
Rep. Perillo said, “This has been a great team effort that included the mayor, Rep. McGorty and Senator Kelly whose help was invaluable. We made our pitch to the Governor’s office and they agreed that this was a great economic development opportunity that could not be missed. This will keep a Connecticut business right here in Fairfield County (Bigelow Tea) and lead to additional business development. Additionally, these projects keep taxes on residents low while also providing more tax revenue to pay for city services.”
Rep. McGorty said, “The Bond Commission, with help from Governor Lamont and through Mayor Lauretti’s leadership, sees the City of Shelton as a great place to live, retire, raise a family, or run a successful business. With this additional funding, we can help to make necessary upgrades which bridge the gap between North Constitution Blvd and Constitution Blvd, including additions of local businesses and a new firehouse. This investment in the City of Shelton will absolutely improve the quality of this thriving area in our beautiful city.”
“I appreciate my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for investing in this important local project,” said Sen. Kelly. “This project is vital to building a long planned for economic development corridor and supporting further job growth in Shelton. Reps. Perillo and McGorty have done an outstanding job advocating alongside the Mayor and Shelton community for this important state investment. We all look forward to seeing this important project advance.”
Mayor Mark A. Lauretti said, “I want to offer a special thank you to Governor Lamont for his recognition that the prosperity enjoyed in Shelton spills over to the State of Connecticut in terms of tax revenue, job growth, business retention and expansion that is so vital to the future growth of our state. The extension of Constitution Boulevard will allow businesses to come here and grow here, thereby perpetuating the evolution of an old industrial blue-collar city into a diverse employment hub in the State of Connecticut.”
The State Bond Commission on Thursday approved the lawmakers’ $5 million request to provide a grant-in-aid to the City of Shelton to support the construction of a road to extend Constitution Boulevard.