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Member-Designated Transportation Projects

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) and Chairman Peter DeFazio announced the T&I Committee will formally accept requests for projects from House Members.

The T&I Committee process for considering member projects is separate and distinct from the House Committee on Appropriations’ process for considering Community Project Funding requests. Projects funded through the surface transportation authorization will be funded directly from the Highway Trust Fund, and they do not require a separate or subsequent appropriation.

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Project Eligibility

Capital projects eligible under title 23, United States Code, and chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, are eligible for funding requests under T&I’s project submission process.

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Transparency

The project submitted by Congressman Larson to the T&I Committee is posted below. Members will be required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the requests made.

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Project Requested

Project Sponsor: Connecticut Department of Transportation
Project Name/Location:  Greater Hartford Mobility Study – Planning and Preliminary Engineering
Hartford/East Hartford, CT
Requested Amount: $16 million

 

Community Project Funding Requests

 

Rep. Larson has submitted funding requests for important community projects in CT-01 to the House Appropriations Committee.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Larson has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.

Projects are listed in alphabetical order by Project Title

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Subcommittee/Account/Agency: Transportation HUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives
Project Title: La Bodeguita De La Gente
Amount of Request: $250,000
Intended Recipient:  Connecticut Food Bank, located at 450 Woodland Ave. Bloomfield, CT 06002
Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to address food insecurity and other impacts of poverty in Hartford. It is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because Connecticut Food Bank has a proven record of success in feeding Connecticut and La Bodeguita De La Gente is a ground up initiative with a demonstrated ability to serve and respond to the needs of a population that is often under-served.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Account/Agency: Transportation HUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives
Project Title: Colt Park Structure Rehabilitation
Amount of Request: $1,000,000
Intended Recipient:  City of Hartford, located at Hartford City Hall, 550 Main St., Hartford CT 06103
Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to restore the Colt Gardner’s Cottage and Colt Carriage House. These structures will add to the historic nature of Colt Park and will create amenities for visitors of the park and residents in Hartford. By integrating these into the park, it will ensure that they are free and open for any and all taxpayers to use. It is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it will further a long time local and federal priority to preserve the Coltsville Historic District. The National Park Service has concluded remedial action is needed to prevent further deterioration of the Gardner’s College.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Account/Agency: Financial Services and General Government/Small Business Administration/Small Business Initiatives
Project Title: Connecticut Manufacturing & Technology CommUNITY eCommons
Amount of Request: $900,000
Intended Recipient:  Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, located at 222 Pitkin Street, Suite 101, East Hartford CT 06108
Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to reinvent the workforce talent pipeline for small businesses post-COVID-19 and provide centralized and common resources that will reinvest in workers and small businesses. This approach will focus on broadening participation within Connecticut communities to help jumpstart an equitable recovery for Black and Latino communities and small businesses, among the hardest hit by the pandemic.  This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it will connect small businesses that have workforce development needs with the population of displaced or underemployed workers in Connecticut. It will also connect small businesses to share common resources to upskill/train new and existing workers, in addition to adopting new technologies that will improve their competitiveness.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Account/Agency: Transportation HUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives
Project Title: East Hartford Downtown Post Office Acquisition
Amount of Request: $600,000
Intended Recipient: Town of East Hartford, located at 740 Main St, East Hartford, CT, 06108
Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to purchase the former East Hartford Post Office, allowing the town to redevelop the property. This is a good use of taxpayer funds because the current status of the building (protected with barb fencing and minimally upkept) is an eyesore and attractive nuisance that is hindering development in what should be a desirable part of town. By purchasing the building for future redevelopment, the town can turn what is currently a hinderance on the area into an attractive asset. 
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Account/Agency: Labor HHS/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/ Health Survelliance and Program Support
Project Title: Hartford Care Response Team-Violence Prevention Enhancement
Amount of Request: $624,919
Intended Recipient: Hartford Communities That Care, located at 2550 Main Street, Third Floor, Hartford, CT 06120
Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to address the increase in gun violence in the Hartford area through an investment in hospital-based violence intervention. It is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because Hartford Communities That Care is a respected community organization with a track record of success in breaking the cycle of victims re-engaging in violence or being re-injured.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Account/Agency: Energy and Water/US Army Corps of Engineers
Project Title: Hartford and East Hartford United States Army Corps of Engineers Feasibility Report
Amount of Request: $2,340,000
Intended Recipient: City of Hartford
Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is for the United States Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a feasibility study to address known deficiencies in the Hartford and East Hartford Flood Damage Reduction System.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Account/Agency: Transportation HUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives
Project Title: Hartford400
Amount of Request: $900,000
Intended Recipient: iQuilt Partnership, located at Innovation Center, 24 Central Row, Hartford CT, 06103.
Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to advance the work of the Hartford 400 project and ensure they are able to continue operation. This is a valuable use of taxpayer dollars because they are working with the community to develop a vision for the Hartford region that will reconnect neighborhoods, update an outdated transportation network, create jobs, and repair flood control systems in desperate need of repair.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Account/Agency: Transportation HUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives
Project Title: Rehabilitation of Hockanum River Linear Park Trail
Amount of Request: $700,000
Intended Recipient: Town of East Hartford, located at 740 Main St, East Hartford, CT, 06108
Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to repair segments of the Hockanum River Linear Park Trail, a significant public facility that provides a variety of benefits to citizens and visitors alike. Rehabilitation of the trail will enhance the facility, improve safety for all trail users, and reduce future damage by floodwater. It is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because without work, the trail condition will likely worsen, with sections closing to protect public safety. As a result, prior investment in developing the trail will be lost.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Account/Agency: Transportation HUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives
Project Title: Riverfront Park
Amount of Request: $900,000
Intended Recipient: City of Hartford, located at Hartford City Hall, 550 Main St., Hartford CT 06103
Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to improve access to greenspace and the Connecticut River. This is a valuable use of taxpayer dollars because it will have a positive impact on community and economic health for all residents of Hartford, especially those living in the north end. Riverfront Recapture has a strong track record of kickstarting adjacent economic development around their parks and trails. Since their founding in 1981, Major development around Riverfront Recapture parks has included Hartford’s Front Street District, the Connecticut Convention Center, and Connecticut Science Center. In 2015, Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development estimated the value of recently completed, under construction, approved or in the pipeline projects, within walking distance of Riverfront Recapture parks at $1,134,100,000.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here

Subcommittee/Account/Agency: Transportation HUD/HUD/Economic Development Initiatives
Project Title: Victim Impact project
Amount of Request: $300,000
Intended Recipient: Mothers United Against Violence (MUAV), located at 2550 Main Street, Hartford CT, 06120
Explanation of Request: The purpose of this project is to provide direct support to victims of gun violence, ensuring they are able to navigate the legal system in a way that reduces their mental stress and trauma. This is a valuable use of taxpayer dollars because the Hartford area is in the midst of a spike in gun violence. Mothers United Against Violence has spent over 18 years working to reduce the level of crime, trauma and mental health issues in their communities.
Signed Disclosure Letter: Click Here