New London to receive Main Street preservation grant

New London — Connecticut Main Street Center has awarded $70,000 in 2014 Preservation of Place grants to seven Connecticut municipalities, including New London Main Street.

The winners will receive between $5,000 and $14,500 in funds. New London Main Street will use the money for its organizational and leadership development and capacity-building plan.

Other winners are the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District to create a plan that will use open spaces; Canton for the development of Collinsville Village zoning regulations; Essex for Centerbrook Visioning & Action Plan; Norwalk 2.0 for the Freese Park Artist Village Plan; the Northwest CT Regional Planning Collaborative for its Active Main Street: Enlivening Village Center Public Spaces; and Thread City Development, Inc. of Willimantic, for an organizational and leadership development plan.

The grant program provides a source of funding for new initiatives and programs. The funds are meant to be flexible to meet individual community need.

Since 2008, CMSC has awarded $376,130 through the Preservation of Place grant program. The program receives support from the State Historic Preservation Office with funds from the Community Investment Act.

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