State Representative David Zoni (D-Southington) announced in a departmenpress release that Southington has been awarded a $312,000 open space grant that will help preserve a 17-acre parcel of local land.
Southington was among 17 communities included in a program administered by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced earlier this month by Governor Dannel P. Malloy.
The grant allows for the purchase of a 17-acre lot, located at 1081 East St. in Southington.
According to the press release, the parcel is predominantly gentle sloping and has a tributary of Misery Brook bisecting it from north to south.
The site contains two four-acre fields on either side of the brook, and the remainder is a hardwood and evergreen forest, all within a state listed Significant Natural Community.
The parcel is also listed as part of an Aquifer Protection District for two Town public water wells.
“This is great news for Southington and for all of us who live here,” Rep. Zoni said in the release. “It is important to advocate for preserving open space and I welcome this significant investment in our community. I appreciate this announcement by the Governor and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.”