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(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that the City of Claremont will receive $58,740 to promote smart and sustainable economic development in the city center.  The grant from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to promote infill development in the historic downtown area and direct private investment while preserving historic architecture.  The city will also identify opportunities for future investments in affordable housing in the city center.   

"This project is a great opportunity for Claremont," said Shaheen.  "Promoting smart growth in downtown Claremont will bring new life to the city's historic center and help create economic opportunity for New Hampshire families."  

"I'm delighted with this major announcement that helps Claremont plan for the future and want to thank Senator Shaheen for her efforts on our behalf," said Claremont City Manager Guy Santagate.

This funding will allow Claremont to undertake a comprehensive zoning analysis of its city center.  The city will identify effective tools and practices to maintain its historic cityscape, encourage redevelopment to maximize use of existing infrastructure, encourage infill development, direct private investment and economic development to the downtown area, and improve the quantity and quality of housing.  The City will also analyze the existing zoning ordinance in light of the planning process, and develop recommended changes to reflect sustainable goals.