STRATFORD - Officials have announced that the long-vacant Stratford Army Engine Plant may soon be home to new businesses and apartments.

Mayor John Harkins says the agreement, signed by government officials and a private development company, will bring hundreds of new jobs to the town.

The 77-acre site at the mouth of the Housatonic River has been a source of controversy for two decades, especially due to its contamination, but the plan includes a strategy to clean and test the area.

Harkins says he expects work to begin on the development in early 2014.