The Town of Mansfield is among the recipients of a 2012 Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) Grant.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that Mansfield has been awarded a $500,000 grant for "infrastructure improvements" along Village Street.
Village Street, part of the mixed-use town center currently under construction adjacent to the , has been designed to be “pedestrian-oriented” and accessible to buses, vehicles, cars and bicycles, according to a news release.
"It has been exciting to watch the construction of the first phase of Storrs Center," Cynthia van Zelm, Mansfield Downtown Partnership's executive director, said in a prepared statement. "As we continue to work on the future phases, the STEAP grant will help us meet our goal of beginning construction of Village Street in the spring."
When completed, the $220 million project would give Mansfield new retail, restaurant, office and residential development.
four commercial tenants had signed leases to open businesses in Storrs Center.
The Dog Lane Café, Froyoworld, and are scheduled to open in 2012.
Moe's Southwest Grill has also signed on, according to the Downtown Partnership.
"We are looking forward to many new and diverse businesses on the future Village Street, which will bring life and vitality to our new downtown, as well as additional tax revenue and jobs for Mansfield and the region,” Town Manager Matthew Hart said in a prepared statement.
Phase one of Storrs Center is scheduled to open in August 2012., for those interested in gaining employment in the construction of the first phases of the project.