STEAP Success Stories

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Civic Campus Enhancement Project

“The people of the Town of Essex are deeply grateful to Governor Malloy, Senator Linares, Representative Miller, and our partners at DECD, for the investments that the State has made, via STEAP grants, in our community. The Town continually strives to be a friendlier and more welcoming place to live, work, learn, and play. The State’s investment of STEAP funds helps us get to that next level.”

~First Selectman Norm Needleman

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Note: These photos represent a small portion of the project and not the project in its entirety.

Award Date: 2013

Date Completed: 2014

Administering Agency: Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

Essex was awarded a STEAP grant in the amount of $471,500 in 2013 for the Essex Civic Campus Enhancement Project which funded the expansion, repair, and improvements to the “Essex Civic Campus” located at 29 West Avenue.  The Civic Campus is a gateway to Essex and a center of municipal activity, including the Town Hall, Police Station, Essex Community Library, and Grove Street Park. The project included the installation and replacement of the Grove Street Park Playscape to better comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards; the renovation and expansion of the Town Hall parking area; renovations to the Town tennis courts, and improved pedestrian connectivity between the Town Hall and Library.  

This grant provided much-needed improvements to assure that the Essex Civic Campus is a vibrant and welcoming center of community activity, whether for recreation, public meetings, conducting business, or visiting the library.