The grant, which is called the "Vibrant Community Initiative," is a grant provided by the
The funds, which are controlled and administered by the municipality, are valued at up to
Mill Works owner
The grant, according to its description, is aimed at "vibrant communities," which are those that " mix historic buildings with a variety of cultural, commercial/retail and natural resources, and that the preservation of these assets can lead to the revitalization of downtown."
Buccino said the Mill Works and the
"The only problem that we're facing is our tight deadline," Buccino said. "The deadline is
According to the description of the grant, applications are due by
At the board of selectmen meeting Monday night, selectmen voted to go through with the application.
They were only concerned about the next step.
Willington First Selectman
"For now, there's no harm in applying for the grant," Mailhos. "After, if we are awarded the grant, the next step would be to go to a town meeting in order to accept the grant.
The town -- which is not obligated to commit the funds to the Mill Works, but has control over where they're distributed -- can aim to give the funds to the Mill Works.
Buccino said the money would aid in helping a building that has been a symbol of the old
" The Mill Works is really a historically significant building in the town," Buccino said. "It really symbolizes the historic area of south
But one of the concerns selectmen had at the meeting was not limiting themselves to just the Mill Works, but to other historic places in
"We can't only include the Mill Works in this study. It needs to include all the other historic places surrounding the building," Shabot said. "You have the
For now, because of the approval from the board, the application will be filed and the Mill Works,
If selected, the acceptance of the grant will be put to a town meeting slated for
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