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Berlin officials break ground on new development project downtown

In response to a protestor at the site, calling on Gov. Lamont to reopen the state, the governor stated the importance of economic development projects like this
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BERLIN, Connecticut — Governor Ned Lamont joined Berlin Mayor Mark Kaczynski today to help break the ground for a new transit-oriented development project in town. 

Part of an $18 million transit-oriented development project near the Berlin Train Station, the new boulevard will connect the buildings of the Steele Center development to Farmington Avenue and the station’s parking lot. 

During a press conference about the development, Mayor Kaczynski said the project would help to bring housing to millennials and empty-nesters as well as enhance existing stores already in town on the Farmington Avenue corridor. 

Newport Realty, which will own and develop the property, said they choose carefully what towns and cities to spend money and time in, and was happy they were given the green light to work with the town of Berlin. 

Christopher Edge, Berlin's Economic Development Director said that the voters in town had twice voted down the police department development project in the area, which paved the way for this larger development project.

Governor Ned Lamont was heckled at the groundbreaking event, talking about opening Connecticut back up among other things. In response, Gov. Lamont said development projects like the one in Berlin is part of that.

Learn more about the project:

The boulevard and the area have been supported by the State of Connecticut through grants and assistance from:

  • Department of Economic & Community Development
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
  • Office of Policy & Management
  • The Governor’s Office

The mixed-use development done by Newport Realty Group of out of Plantsville will include:

  • 76 market-rate non-age restricted apartments
  • 19,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and medical office space