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Malloy, Grogins Deliver Bucks For Black Rock Business District

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Matawan, NJ

#1 Jan 9, 2014
Backed by Governor Dan Malloy, the State Bond Commission Thursday afternoon approved $500,000 for improvements to the Black Rock business district on Fairfield Avenue. The money will fund new facades for businesses, updates to streetscape and lighting along the pedestrian areas of the business district including landscaping and paving to increase pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, according to State Rep. Auden Grogins who proposed the request.

“I would like to thank the Governor for his continued investment and support for the City of Bridgeport and for recognizing how essential the Black Rock central business district is to our local economy and the state of Connecticut,” said Grogins in a news release.“This funding will go a long way in helping the Black Rock Business District Improvement Program make much needed streetscape, facade and storefront improvements along Fairfield Avenue, which is the gateway to our city.”

“With this funding, we are improving the quality of life for residents in the Black Rock neighborhood while at the same time encouraging business growth and economic development in our largest city,” said Malloy.“This investment also represents our statewide efforts to partner with local stakeholders to help communities around the state meet their full potential as more accessible, more walkable hubs of cultural and economic activity.”

According to Grogins, The Black Rock Business District Development Program invests strategically in support of private and public improvement projects along state owned Route 130 and Fairfield Avenue. It supports over 250 businesses including 14 with direct aid while creating over 20 permanent living-wage jobs.

“In addition to city and private money raised, this grant will help stimulate economic development, help to create hundreds of manufacturing, construction and retail jobs, and benefit many local businesses,” Rep. Grogins added.

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