07/26/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/26/2021 10:57
Hartford, CT - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that his $900,000 Community Funding Project Request for Hartford400 and iQuilt was included in the House Transportation/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives Appropriations bill.
'Hartford400 is the vision Hartford needs for the future. For too long the city and region have been plagued by planning mistakes of the past. The Hartford region needs a 100-year plan that reconnects Hartford's North End with all of the neighborhoods within the city, recaptures the riverfront, expands multi-modal transportation, reduces the environmental impact of thousands of stalled vehicles, and rids the city of the congestion from the I-84/I-91 interchange. This funding will allow iQuilt and the Hartford400 team continue their important work transforming our region's infrastructure,' said Larson.
'Congressman Larson has advocated for a transformative vision for the region and the great state of Connecticut. Hartford400 is that vision, and we are honored that he supports our efforts in this bold initiative. This funding will transform the region in countless ways, making our environment more sustainable, our economy more prosperous, our communities more equitable, our transport more mobile, and our culture more vibrant,' said Jackie Gorsky Mandyck, Executive Director, iQuilt Partnership.
'The Hartford400 vision will dramatically reshape and recenter the Capital Region along the Connecticut River. Slated for completion in time for the city and state's 400th anniversary in 2035, that vision has been tirelessly championed by Congressman Larson. He has now amplified his efforts with Congressional funding for the creation of new riverfront parks, affordable housing, and community facilities, all served by new pedestrian, bike and transit facilities and linked by a highway system reconfigured for the coming century. Hartford400 is a blueprint to make our city and region more sustainable, prosperous, equitable, mobile, and vibrant, and John Larson has been its prime mover,' said Doug Suisman FAIA, Suisman Urban Design.
Larson also recently voted for the INVEST in America Act, which included $16 million for the Greater Hartford Mobility Study. The Study will allow the state to begin work on revitalizing the region through greater access to the Connecticut River, connecting the North End to all of the other neighborhoods in Hartford, and eliminating the congestion caused by the I-84/I-91 interchange.