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Waterbury Development Corporation
State Senator Joan V. Hartley (D-Waterbury) today announced approval for two state grants to help revitalize dormant parcels in Waterbury. The first will help underwrite remediation and demolition at the brownfield site of the Washington Avenue Business Park, which will be transformed into a mixed-use development. The second will be used to remediate the property at 313 Mill Street after a fire there.
By John Murray
Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary signed a lease agreement this morning between the City of Waterbury and Luvata, a global force in the manufacturing of superconducting wires and cables. In 2010 when the City of Waterbury announced they were going to utilize the former Chase Brass factory on Thomaston Avenue as a public works campus, Luvata's space in the factory was reduced, and they explored relocating their operation out of Waterbury. Luvata Waterbury President Jim Lajewski, seated next to O'Leary, credited the mayor for changing the course of the relationship. After being elected in November 2011, O'Leary immediately nixed the public works campus as bad policy. O'Leary said the city should explore ways to use the massive facility to expand Waterbury's economic base, and reached out to Luvata to try and persuade them to stay in the city. The efforts of Neil O'Leary, then Congressman Chris Murphy (now a U.S. Senator), Economic Development Director Ron Pugliese, and Leo Frank and Andrew Martelli of the Waterbury Development Corporation convinced Luvata to stay. Instead of being squeezed out of Waterbury, Luvata is now explanding. "This was a great collaborative effort," O'Leary said today. "To see what Luvata does around the world is amazing, and I'm delighted they are staying in Waterbury." With the signing of the lease, Lajewski said, "The headache and frustration of the past few years is gone."
By John Murray
Workers from the Universal Preservation Group lifted a 2000 pound slab of granite from the capping wall at the top of Municipcal Stadium today. The granite is the original stone that was installed during the building of the stadium 80 years ago under the corrupt administration of Waterbury Mayor T. Frank Hayes. The granite has been numbered 1-98 and will be reinstalled in its original spot atop the wall.
Almost seventy years after the last watches were produced along Cherry Street in Waterbury, the towering facade of the Waterbury Clock Company is nearing demolition. Using funds from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and under the guidance of the Waterbury Development Corporation, the building is being dismantled, and the soil will be remediated. There are plans currently being developed by New Opportunities of Waterbury Inc. to develop the site into hydroponic growing operations fertilized by farmed fish. Time, indeed, has changed. Photograph by John Murray
More Good Economic News In Waterbury - O'Leary Administration Announces Second Company Coming To City, Up to 70 New Jobs In Three Years
More good news about economic development in Waterbury. Less than a day after announcing that Unipharm Inc. is setting up shop in Waterbury, the economic development team has announced another coup - IMS Waterjet Inc. is coming to the Brass City.
Ron Pugliese, center, the economic development director for Waterbury, opened a press conference yesterday morning by announcing that Unipharm was building a new packaging center on Progress Lane in the East End of the city. Pugliese partnered with the Waterbury Development Corporation, the State of Connecticut, and Mayor Neil O'Leary, back left, to successfully lure Unipharm to the Brass City. Pictured on the right is Unipharm's chief operating officer, Robert Sires, who said his company considered more than 100 properties throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and chose Waterbury because of the tremendous feeling that Unipharm was wanted by local and state officials.
Fifth District Congressional candidate Dan Roberti, foreground, tours a brownfields site at
Cherry Avenue and Maple Street in Waterbury with Kevin Taylor, senior project manager with the Waterbury Development Corporation. Mr. Roberti called attention to the sites on Earth Day, pointing to the need for cleanup and the opportunity for job creation that comes along with environmental remediation.