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Fairfield Receives $500,000 Grant To Improve Historic Burr Homestead

Fairfield was one of 13 communities in the state to receive a Small Town Economic Assistance Program grants.
Fairfield was one of 13 communities in the state to receive a Small Town Economic Assistance Program grants. Photo Credit: Town of Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- First Selectman Mike Tetreau said Fairfield was one of 13 communities in Connecticut to receive a Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant in the amount of $500,000 to make improvements and updates to the historic Burr Homestead.

“The town is so pleased to receive this generous state grant that will allow for much needed improvements at one of Fairfield’s iconic sites where John Hancock got married and George Washington and Sam Adams visited," Tetreau said. "It is important that we take care of our historic structures to not only preserve our town’s rich history, but to also create a safer and more user-friendly environment for the public to enjoy the many wonderful programs, activities and weddings that are held at this historic site."

The money will be used to remove lead paint and asbestos in the basement, upgrade the building’s electrical and fire alarm systems to current code, upgrade the building’s plumbing, add new handicapped-accessible bathrooms and install a new, up-to-code kitchen.

The work is being designed by David Scott Parker Architects of Southport, which is an experienced historic preservation firm that previously designed the restoration of The Sun Tavern on the historic Town Green. Work will begin this winter and will continue through the winter of 2017.

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