STRATFORD - Federal officials announced today that the Pentagon officially approved a plan that will sell the former Army engine plant in Stratford to a developer.

They say the Department of Defense signed the paperwork last night authorizing the company to purchase the 77-acre site on Main Street.

The developer plans to build housing and businesses on the site.

“Now a developer will commit to removing all of the chemicals, oils, other contaminants at that site and making it into a tax-producing, job-producing property,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Mayor John Harkins announced the deal on Wednesday, which includes plans to clean up the contamination at the site. He says developers will break ground on the site early next year.