Groton awarded $1.5 million grant for improvements at Mystic River Homes

Published September 26. 2019 by

Groton was among 13 municipalities awarded grants for “infrastructure upgrades that will modernize and rehabilitate housing” for low- and moderate-income individuals, according to a news release from the governor’s office on Thursday.

The grants are through the Community Development Block Grant Small Cities program that the state Department of Housing runs with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the release states.

Groton was awarded $1.5 million for capital improvements at Mystic River Homes.

“The work will include (Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant) access improvements, elevator replacement and upgrades, new fire system pump, hot water system upgrades, new backup generator, interior upgrades of flooring, common area upgrades, unit upgrades, and new roadways and parking areas,” according to the news release.

Chester, Derby, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Guilford, Hebron, Madison, Plainville, Trumbull, Wallingford and Windham also were awarded grants.

“These grants go a long way toward improving neighborhoods so that we can make our communities more attractive and encourage continued growth for the benefit of all of our residents,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in the release.

“Whether it’s helping a family to complete essential renovations on their homes such as repairing a leaking roof, making a senior living facility ADA compliant, or improving the habitability of a domestic violence shelter — CDBG Small Cities funding is an important program,” state DOH Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno said in the release. Without the federal funding, the state would likely be unable to assist as many low- and moderate-income residents to make such repairs, she said.