Bridgeport on Friday had a good day courtesy of the State Bond Commission chaired by Governor Dan Malloy. Among the items awarded to Bridgeport:
– $2.5 million for Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo to build a new Andean bears exhibit.
– $1.5 million toward the demolition of an abandoned East Side factory for a second railroad station.
– $1.5 million for Housatonic Community College to create a welding-laboratory division in its Advanced Manufacturing Center.
– $1.5 million for Hall Neighborhood House to expand an arts program for 325 children.
– $2.32 million for debt repayment obligations at the Achievement First Academy Middle School in Bridgeport.
– $1 million from the state housing development fund for the purchase and rehabilitation of owner occupied multi-family properties.
– $712,698 for new classrooms and a new pre-kindergarten program at New Beginnings Family Academy in Bridgeport.
News release from State Rep Auden Grogins, the blonde banshee from Black Rock:
State Representative Auden Grogins (D-Bridgeport) is proud to announce the State’s grant of $2.5 million in bonding money for the Bridgeport Beardsley Zoo, which was approved by the State Bond Commission today. The bond from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is for the construction of a unique state of the art Andean Bear Exhibit at the Zoo, which will be a showpiece of the South American exhibit.
“The Beardsley Zoo is such an important educational institution in Bridgeport, and I am so happy that I was able to secure funding for this new exhibit,” Rep. Grogins said. “I want to thank the Governor and the Bond Commission for recognizing the significant economic impact of the Zoo for Bridgeport and for our state.”
The $2.5 million state grant will help the Beardsley Zoo, the only accredited Zoo in our state, construct a new Andean Bear exhibit. The Zoo does not currently feature an Andean Bear, but in the past it was one of the top three favorite animals as rated by Zoo visitors. The Andean Bears will be featured in the “Spirit of the Cloud Forest” exhibit, which will be the anchor exhibit of the South American section of the Zoo. The Beardsley Zoo was founded over 80 years ago in Bridgeport and provides Connecticut’s children with unique learning opportunities through animal exhibits, plantings, and graphics.
“Connecticut’s tourism industry is an important economic driver, contributing billions to our economy and employing more than 110,000 workers,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “Nearly 300,000 residents and visitors will make the trip to Beardsley Zoo this year. This investment in the state’s only zoo is a small part of our much larger investment to market all that we have to offer and bring even more people to our state by demonstrating what we already know–Connecticut is a great place to live, work, and play.”
The grant-in-aid from the DECD is given out with the purpose of providing financing for culture, tourism or entertainment projects and programs.