Rep. Rebimbas and Area Lawmakers Lend Bi-Partisan Support to Naugatuck’s Grant Application for Development of Naugatuck Industrial Commons

Posted on July 6, 2022


State Representative Rosa Rebimbas, (R-70th), joined fellow members of the Naugatuck legislative delegation in support of the borough’s application for $75 million in grant funds for the redevelopment of more than 86 acres of industrial space to prepare it for new tenants and long-term growth.

Rep. David Labriola (R-131st) and Sens. Jorge Cabrera (D-17th) and Joan Hartley (D-15th) joined Rebimbas in the signing of a letter in support of the application to the state’s Community Investment Fund.

A grant from the fund would be used for the creation of access roads and the establishment of utilities on the former site off Elm Street. The site was owned by the German-based chemical manufacturer, Lanxess, which is no longer using the property.

The Community Investment Fund is geared toward fostering economic development in historically underserved communities across the state and has a total of $875 million available, which can be used for brownfield remediation, start-up funds, or infrastructure, among other uses. The expected economic benefits would assist low-income and vulnerable communities, including those who receive HUD Assistance, the elderly and residents served by the Naugatuck Housing Authority.

“This project represents an opportunity for so many people in the borough and the Greater Waterbury area. It’s a chance to turn what is now underused land near rail lines and highways into a viable property that can serve as a hub for area businesses,” said Rep. Rebimbas. “It’s my hope that our bi-partisan support for this project shows how serious we are about job creation and providing an economic boost to the region.”

The re-use and beautification of the more than 80 acres of underutilized land will “increase surrounding residential property values, create jobs, support grand list growth, increase taxable revenue for the Borough, and attract other private investment to the municipality and region,” according to the letter submitted by the bi-partisan group of legislatures.

“The redevelopment of these several dozen acres of land would be a major boost for the economic development of Naugatuck and the surrounding region. This shovel-ready project would open a pathway to community-wide benefits for Naugatuck through job creation, improving residential property values and attracting private-sector investment,” said Sen. Hartley. “I’m encouraged by the collaborative partnership this project and its application have received. The coalition gathered for it should be a signal of the opportunities it poses for both the greater Waterbury region and the state.”

“These funds speak to the positive impact that is possible when we continue to work together,” said Sen. Cabrera. “This is an important project that will lead to jobs and opportunities for so many.”

The construction of pad sites and mixed-use development are expected as part of the project. A purchase and sales agreement for the site has been executed and the site has received interest from a variety of developers to purchase and/or lease portions, the letter states.

A copy of the letter can be found here: Bipartisan Letter of Support

Representative Rebimbas can be reached by email at or by calling 1-800-842-1423. You can follow her work at the Capitol on her website at or on Facebook at

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