Norton Park to Receive $1.1 Million CT DECD Grant

Norton Park Grant Announce June 2024

Today, Governor Ned Lamont announced that the Town of Colchester will receive $1,125,700 from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to be utilized for environmental remediation of the former Norton Paper Mill located at 139 Westchester Road.

The Board of Selectmen endorsed the Round 19 Municipal Brownfield Grant application in February of this year, which was prepared and submitted by former Town employee and current Norton Park consultant Jay Gigliotti.

This CT DECD grant adds to the $500,000 CT DEEP Urban Act Grant and $250,000 CT DEEP CERCLA 128(a) Grant that were awarded in October of 2023 and February of 2024, respectively, bringing the total of funding secured for the project to $1,875,700 in the past 8 months.

As Town officials continue to work with our consulting Environmental Engineers to finalize specifications for the cleanup effort, this significant investment is expected to allow the Town to complete the full scope of the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and move forward with redevelopment of the Norton Park – Phase 2 project area, southerly of Paper Mill Road.

Construction of the Norton Park – Phase 1 project area, northerly of Paper Mill Road, is expected to begin later this year.

Bernie Dennler
First Selectman
Town of Colchester, CT