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State Bond Commission Approves Over $14.5 Million for City Projects


On Tuesday, September 25, the State Bond Commission allocated bond authorizations for numerous projects, including several in Hartford. The projects cover a wide range of activities, including construction, job training and historical restoration and will effect neighborhoods throughout the city. They include:

$4 million for construction of the Montessori Building Blocks Magnet School on Vernon Street (part of Trinity College's Learning Corridor).

$3 million for costs associated with the construction of the Capital Region Job Corps Center, which will be built in the new Charter Oak Business Park on the site of the old Charter Oak Terrace housing project. The center will provide education and vocational training to disadvantaged people ages 16-24.

$2 million for construction of the Southside Neighborhood Institutions Alliance's new sports complex, which will include an ice skating rink. This complex would also be part of the Learning Corridor project.

$2 million to provide loans, grants and/or extensions of credit to businesses from the City of Hartford Department of Economic and Community Development.

$1.8 million to the Lincoln-National Corporation to provide job training for 550 former CIGNA employees who are being relocated to Hartford from Bloomfield.

$1 million to the Spanish American Merchants Association to finance a revolving loan program for small and minority-owned businesses, primarily in the Park Street, Frog Hollow and South Green neighborhoods of Hartford.

$250,000 for funding of a Nuisance Abatement program in the City of Hartford.

$221,475 to Tabor House for the purchase and renovation of a three-unit home that will serve as housing for six women with HIV/AIDS. The funding will also be used to make minor repairs to Tabor House's residence for men with HIV/AIDS.

$186,500 for alteration and renovation of the buildings and grounds at Hartford Public Schools

$150,000 to buy a van to be used as a mobile dental clinic for schools that don't have on-site dental care.

$100,000 for restoration and abatement of hazardous materials at the Elizabeth Park greenhouse. The facility is approximately 100 years old.

$50,000 for a playscape at Sigourney Park. The total cost of the playscape is estimated at $402,000. The balance of the funding will come from other sources, including the City of Hartford Park Trust Fund.

$30,000 for restoration of grave markers at the Ancient Burying Ground in downtown Hartford at the corner of Main and Gold Streets. The Burying Ground contains approximately 400 old gravestones and is on both the National and State Registry of Historic Places.

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