Blu­men­thal tours for­mer brown­field site

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - LOCAL NEWS -

MID­DLE­TOWN >> U.S. Sen­a­tor Richard Blu­men­thal and Mid­dle­town Mayor Dan Drew toured the Robert M. Keat­ing His­tor­i­cal En­ter­prise Park (for­merly the Rem­ing­ton Rand build­ing) on John­son Street on Wed­nes­day to talk about Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s plan to cut the fed­eral brown­fields pro­gram.

The pro­gram has helped to cre­ate more than 100,000 jobs since its in­cep­tion in 1995, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from Blu­men­thal’s of­fice.

“Trump’s bud­get pro­posal would cut the pro­gram by 30 per­cent, from $48 mil­lion to $33 mil­lion,” the re­lease states.

Last Oc­to­ber, Mid­dle­town’s Com­mon Coun­cil re­named the for­mer Rem­ing­ton Rand build­ing the Robert M. Keat­ing His­tor­i­cal En­ter­prise Park.

It was built over a cen­tury ago as a bi­cy­cle fac­tory and over the years has housed au­to­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ing, type­writer pro­duc­tion, a mis­sile-parts de­fense con­trac­tor and other busi­nesses, and was an ac­tive part of Mid­dle­town’s eco­nomic base. The city pur­chased it in 2000 and, us­ing $200,000 a fed­eral brown­fields grant, ob­tained over $1 mil­lion in pri­vate in­vest­ment to con­vert the build­ing into a small busi­ness in­cu­ba­tor, the re­lease con­tin­ues.

In all, 24 small busi­nesses, in­clud­ing a cof­fee roaster, cross-fit gym and three beer brew­eries, oc­cupy the space.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Mid­dle­town Mayor Dan Drew, left, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blu­men­thal, cen­ter, visit the for­mer Rem­ing­ton Rand build­ing on Wed­nes­day.

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