State Grant to Benefit Windsor Locks Train Station Project

Tim Jensen
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WINDSOR LOCKS, CT — Governor Ned Lamont announced Monday he has approved more than $11 million in state funding for grants through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program, or STEAP Grant program, including funding to benefit restoration of the historic train station and welcome center in Windsor Locks. The local grant is one of 94 going to "small towns" across Connecticut for various infrastructure.

Windsor Locks has been awarded $128,205 in state funding for the Phase 3 construction and restoration of the train station and welcome center. This will be matched by $32,225 from the town.

First Selectman Chris Kervick wrote on Facebook, "I should note that a good chunk of that town match was raised by Windsor Locks Middle School History Club and its annual Heritage Day activities. Great, great job."

It is the first time since 2016 that the state has awarded STEAP funding. Lamont said that he reinstated the program in an effort to support Connecticut's municipalities while implementing projects that will give a boost to the economy and help in their response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

For the 2020 round of funding, Lamont implemented a special coronavirus provision to assist towns with expenditures related to their ongoing response to the pandemic, including new construction, expansion, renovation or replacement of existing facilities.

"Our small towns have been hit hard by COVID-19 and are in need of our help to fund these projects," Lamont said. "Simply put, some of our small towns need to modernize their infrastructure so that we can support efforts to grow the economy but lack the property tax base they need to fully fund these projects on their own. The state can and should do what we can to help with these costs as these small towns drive tourism, honor our deep and celebrated history, and provide us with family-friendly getaways that are part of the New England experience."

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This article originally appeared on the Windsor Locks-East Windsor Patch