Grant OKd for streetscape, band shell

July 12, 2016

State Senator Mae Flexer (D-Danielson), state Representative Susan Johnson (D-Windham) and state Representative Linda Orange (D-Colchester) today applauded the State Bond Commission’s approval of a $650,000 grant-in-aid for streetscape improvements in the Town of Windham.

The funding will also be used to construct a band shell on the town green.

“This funding will allow revitalization efforts in Windham to continue to make progress, and the band shell will provide an excellent place for residents to come together for live performances and other local events,” said Sen. Flexer. “Windham business owners are working so hard to create a thriving downtown Willimantic and improvements like these can really push economic development forward while bringing the community together and improving the quality of life for our families.”

“Former state Rep. Walter Pawelkiewicz pushed for a long time for improvements to Main Street. During this legislative session, changes were made in the original bonding request to update the needs of the downtown Willimantic area. This is also part of a project being worked on by the town council to create a park on the major parcel. I want to thank Governor Malloy and his staff for working with us on this important project,” said Rep. Johnson. “The delegation also wants to thank Windham’s new economic development coordinator, James Bellano, for working so hard on updating the project.”

“I want to thank my colleagues in the Windham legislative delegation for working hard on this influx of funding,” Rep. Orange said. “The band shell will bring families and seniors together on the green for music and community fun.”