Tag Archives: Connecticut

Highlands Conservation Act Grant Program

​ The Highlands Conservation Act is designed to assist Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania in conserving land and natural resources in the Highlands Region through Federal assistance for land conservation projects in which a State entity acquires land or an interest in land from a willing seller to permanently protect resources of high conservation value. Applications due July 9. Learn more and apply... Read more

Highway Conversion to Reconnect New Haven Neighborhoods

The city of New Haven, Connecticut is leveraging $36 million in federal TIGER grants to convert an urban-renewal-era highway spur into more of a pedestrian-friendly boulevard, opening up 10 acres of land in the city center for development in the process. By transforming the highway into a boulevard that slows traffic and links with downtown cross streets, the city hopes to knit the neighborhoods back together. Read more... Read more

Storrs Center, Mansfield, Connecticut

Storrs Center, Mansfield, Connecticut Principle: Take advantage of compact building design In a nutshell: Adjacent to the University of Connecticut’s flagship campus, Storrs Center is a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use town center designed to strengthen the links between the University and the Town of Mansfield. When development is complete in 2016, the center will include 170,000 square feet of retail and office space; the Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, which brings university, regional and inter-city buses together and provides facilities for bicyclists, including... Read more

Small-Scale Strategies Promote Affordable Renting in Connecticut

​The continued viability and affordability of small multifamily properties may be one of the keys to income integration in the suburbs, rural communities, and even some urban neighborhoods. Yet small apartment buildings are often overlooked or underserved by housing policy and traditional housing and commercial real estate finance mechanisms. Because this housing type is so prevalent in New England and important in the state’s housing stock, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) has created a three-pronged program to address rental... Read more

Upon Closer Examination, State Land Preservation Goal Looks “Nigh Impossible”

Connecticut needs to conserve more land — and do it much faster — if the state hopes to meet a conservation goal set for the year 2023, which seems increasingly out of reach. Twenty-one percent of Connecticut’s land should be protected by 2023. The state is about 75 percent of the way there, but will need to conserve about 8,000 acres per year to meet its goal, which is no small task. Read more... Read more