Borough gets grant for Art6 project

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An artist’s rendering of what the General DataComm building on Rubber Avenue in Naugatuck could look like after being renovated into a mixed-use facility under the Art6 project. –CONTRIBUTED
An artist’s rendering of what the General DataComm building on Rubber Avenue in Naugatuck could look like after being renovated into a mixed-use facility under the Art6 project. –CONTRIBUTED

NAUGATUCK — The Board of Mayor and Burgesses announced last week that the borough will receive a $27,750 Making Place grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Places.

The money will go towards a market feasibility study for the conversion of the General DataComm building into apartments and studio space for artists.

The project, known as Art 6, was proposed by Joseph Migani, of O’Riodan Migani Architects of Seymour, in September.

The borough entered into an agreement with Migani regarding the project in October.
The agreement would grant Migani exclusive rights to develop, with an option to purchase, the four-story General DataComm building, 6 Rubber Ave., and 2.5 acres of land known as Parcel A. The agreement was for six months with an opportunity to renew for an addition six months.

Mezzo said Migani was able to secure the funding with minimal help from the borough or the Naugatuck Economic Development Corporation.

Mezzo said the way the grant was set up the borough had to act as the fiduciary of the money.

The board voted in favor of allowing Mezzo to execute the contracts to receive the money.