The Federal Environmental Protection Agency today (Thursday) announced roughly $750,000 in funding to help Bridgeport revitalize industrial and commercial sites “transforming them from problem properties into community assets.” The federal agency made the official announcement at the former Mechanics & Farmers bank site, 930 Main Street Downtown, that is undergoing renovation.
In 2014 Fletcher Thompson, the architectural and engineering firm, is moving back to Bridgeport from Shelton at the former M&F building. The project also includes 30 apartments going in the rear of the building. A new white energy efficient roof has been installed.
“It is very critical for a city like Bridgeport, with just 16 square miles of land, to be able to revitalize the brownfields left behind from previous generations and turn them into productive lands that create jobs and expand our tax base,” said Mayor Bill Finch in a news release issued by the EPA. “Thanks to the support of the EPA, which has been a tremendous partner to the City in our brownfield remediation efforts, we are utilizing hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds to breathe new life into the City’s historic fabric to power the new economy and the City’s future.”