Allie-Brennan Secures Funding for Bethel & Newtown

July 30, 2021

The State Bond Commission authorized a $635,000 grant for the expansion and development of 4 new commercial lots on more than 17 acres of Clarke Business Park in Bethel.

Improvements to the business park have been a top priority. This timely funding will help to rebuild our local and state economies. I fought for three years to secure this money and I want to thank the governor, the Bethel legislative delegation, and state bond commissioners for recognizing the value of this project to our economic growth.

First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker:

"We are very grateful for Rep. Allie-Brennan's help in getting this long-waited project close to becoming a reality, and thanks as well to Governor Lamont for his support. Bethel is still working to recover jobs lost in the pandemic and the expansion of Clarke Business Park is an integral part of our recovery.

Economic Development Commission Chairman Mike Boyle:

The commission is extremely pleased and appreciates the efforts of all that have invested the time to get this project moving. The support of our town officials and our State Rep. Allie Brennan's has clearly helped to push this major economic plus for the Town of Bethel.

Director of Economic Development Janice Chrzescijanek:

We are very excited to move this project forward, especially during this time when new industrial property is needed in our town and state. This project will allow us to be able to provide a location for Bethel businesses to expand and to welcome new ones.

Sandy Hook Memorial

The Bond Commission also approved a $2.5 million grant-in-aid to the Town of Newtown for the construction of a Sandy Hook memorial.

When Newtown voters approved $3.7 million for the Sandy Hook memorial construction, I felt it was imperative the state contribute to this worthwhile project. I went to House Democratic leadership, the Governor’s office, and the Newtown delegation. Thanks to bipartisan cooperation, we are returning taxpayer dollars to support our community’s effort to honor the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.