A state grant will help to keep New Canaan a clean, well-lighted place.

Morse Court and Locust Avenue will receive lighting fixtures, the sidewalks on Heritage Hill Road will be extended and Main Street will get a brick-stamped crosswalk for easier pedestrian access to Town Hall.

"It was a grant we applied for with the Department of Housing," First Selectman Robert Mallozzi said at the Sept. 18 Town Council meeting. "We'll have a better flow of pedestrian traffic across Main Street to the new Town Hall."

New Canaan, along with 13 other municipalities, received a combined $4,973,865 from the Main Street Investment Fund, a program administered by the state Department of Housing. The point of the grants is to promote business and economic development in the downtown areas of small towns, according to the state.

The council voted unanimously in favor of accepting the funds.

"It's always pretty easy to accept money," Town Council Chairman Mark DeWaele said.

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