ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH)-- Some home owners in Ansonia are going to be getting a helping hand from the state and federal government. It's the second batch of help for the Naugatuck Valley community this month.
Mario Clemente says he heard that Ansonia was on the rebound so he decided to start a gourmet sandwich shop there. He spent six months renovating a rundown store.
"I had a deal in Stratford that fell apart and I just came up north a little bit more and I saw this building for sale right across the street from City Hall, and I says; 'Let me try it," said Clemente.
He was pleased to hear that Ansonia was one of about a dozen communities that got grants earlier this month to spruce up part of the downtown area.
Wednesday, he crossed the street to city hall to witness the Governor announce that Ansonia was getting another boost.
Property owners on the west side of town will be eligible for zero interest loans to modernize their homes with modern amenities like energy efficient heating systems.
The work will help create jobs for contractors and give another boost to the community. News that the the loans might become available brought in some 75 applications from this side of town.
The affordable and senior housing grants are going to be made available not only in Ansonia, but in 25 other small cities and towns across the state.
"What we're doing is modernizing existing housing units but we're also going to lower the cost of operating them, those units and we're making them energy efficient," said Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut.
For Mario, the announcement indicates that his tip about Ansonia being on the rebound was solid.
"Makes me feel great, makes me feel that I made the right decision in investing in Ansonia and, hopefully, I have a future here," said Clemente.
Those zero percent interest loans must be paid back in full if the property is sold.
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