Kupchick hails state grant for Sherman Green drainage project

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick (R-132) applauded the award to the Town of Fairfield of a $300,000 grant from the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) to fund the Sherman Green Drainage project.

The $300,000 STEAP grant will be used by the Town of Fairfield for drainage and pedestrian improvements in and around Sherman Green in downtown Fairfield to mitigate flooding risks, improve pedestrian safety and enhance visual appearance of this public green space.

“This is exactly the type of project STEAP grants should be used for.  I want to thank former State Senator John McKinney, current State Senator Tony Hwang as well as First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Mark Barnhart Fairfield’sdirector of community and economic development for working and helping me with this project,” said Rep. Kupchick.

“Through the tireless efforts and leadership of Representative Brenda Kupchick, Fairfield will now be able to reduce flooding in an area that is home to more than 500 businesses. This improvement will help those businesses and improve the economic vitality of the town,” said former State Senator John McKinney. “I am pleased that our efforts have finally paid off.”

The Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) funds economic development, community conservation, and quality of life projects for localities that are ineligible to receive Urban Action bonds.

The program is administered by Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management. Localities may receive up to $500,000 per year if (1) their population is under 30,000, (2) they are not designated as a distressed municipality or a public investment community, and (3) the State Plan of Conservation and Development does not show them as having an urban center. There are 143 municipalities eligible to apply for the STEAP grants, which are highly competitive.

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