Construction Begins on Commerce Park Access Road
Update - the road is complete and the city will soon be opening building sites for development. Check with the Office of Economic and Community Development for the latest information.
Updated January 14, 2013
Mayor Staffieri announced today that road construction has begun at the former DOT site.
Two years ago, the City of Derby was able to secure $1.8 million in federal and state grants for the construction of an access road and all utilities into a parcel of land that has lain idle for many years. This new road will lead to the development of a much needed industrial park located behind BJ’s between Division Street and Route 34 in Derby.
“My thanks to Steve Grady at the U.S. EDA, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Governor Malloy, Commissioner Catherine Smith, the CT Department of Economic and Community Development, and the Naugatuck Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for their ongoing commitment and support of this project. I am pleased that our hard work has finally paid off. This new road and eventual park means the creation of new jobs and additional tax revenue for Derby and the region. We are trying to make good use of all the available space Derby has left for development and this project will help to expand current businesses and draw future businesses.” Said Mayor Staffieri
“This is a prime example of what RE-development can do. This site was sitting vacant for many years. With a new road and new tenants, it will be a busy industrial park in a central location for Derby.” Said Joe Bomba (Chairman of Derby’s Redevelopment Agency)
The new access road is being constructed by Earthworks, Inc. from Oxford, CT (the lowest qualified bidder). DeCarlo and Doll designed the road and will work with our Office of Economic and Community Development in the construction administration of the project. The road is located on a 26 acre city –owned parcel of land. The new road will include utilities and all infrastructure. Derby already has letters of intent from new and expanding businesses who are interested in locating to this property. It is expected that the site will produce upwards of 200 new jobs and approximately $30 million in private investment.
“This new access road will mean more jobs for Derby during the construction and once the property is sold for private development, will create permanent jobs for Derby and the Lower Valley in a time when we most need them. Once again, our administration has been able to accomplish the goals of expanding the Derby tax base and improving public infrastructure.” Said Board of Alderman President Ken Hughes.
Story posted on October 7, 2011