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HUD Awards $30 Million To Revitalize Washington Village

Largest Grant in Norwalk's History

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Norwalk, CT | Added on June 30, 2014 At 03:25 PM

"Today I'm proud to announce that we're awarding a $30 million implementation grant to Norwalk to help bring this vision to life."said Harriet Tregoning, Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Economic Resistance.

It's the largest grant in the City of Norwalk's history and it's going to revitalize the oldest public housing development in the State of Connecticut. 

"This will be a new horizon and inspire new life and new ideas. A new world that will overcome that bridge of being in depressed buildings to brand new buildings," said Officer Cesar Rameriz, Chairman of the Norwalk Housing Authority.

Raymond Dunlap, President of the Washington Village Tenant Council said, "It helps with the redevelopment of the village because as you may know, this is a flood zone. We went through [Hurricane] Sandy real bad."

Washington Village has been though a lot and after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, all of the first floor apartments in the development were under water.

"People who live here are resilient. They have overcome a lot of obstacles and they deserve to live in homes that are resilient against the most severe storms that last time around flooded all the first floor homes," said Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Senator Christopher Murphy said "We spend millions of dollars cleaning up after these storms. It makes sense to spend a little bit of money up front to guard and protect these facilities against the storms so you don't have to spend all the money after the storm is done."

South Norwalk is one of four communities across the country to receive the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grant to rehabilitate and transform their community.

"They are going to be working to revitalize Ryan Park across the street to also deal with residential rehabilitation in the neighborhood so that low and moderate income families who have chosen this neighborhood for decades can continue to live in this neighborhood,"said Candace Mayer, Deputy Director of the Norwalk Housing Authority.

"Just make sure that the people who do live here come back to live here once everything is built. Making sure that they have nice affordable playground and afforable housing," said Dunlap.

Housing Authority officials say Phase One will begin in October. Phase One calls for construction of a three-story, 10-unit building and four-story, 70-unit building at 13 and 20 Day Street.

Washington Village will host their annual Family Day on Friday, August 22nd at 3:00 pm.

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