NEW HAVEN — Quality Hyundai of Branford is expanding — in New Haven.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr., State Sen. Martin Looney (D-11) and Board of Aldermen Majority Leader Alphonse Paolillo Jr. (D-17) joined Quality Hyundai owners Joseph Blichfield III and his son, Joseph Blichfield IV, June 7 to break ground on a multi-million-dollar renovation and brownfield remediation of a long-vacant site. The 115 Peat Meadow Road property is off of Route 1 and I-95 nearby several other auto dealerships in East Haven. The site has been vacant since the U.S. Postal Service vacated the six-acre lot some five years ago. Before that, the site was used for various manufacturing purposes.

“The reuse of this site continues our efforts throughout the city to take vacant and underutilized land and create locations for new businesses and new employment opportunities,” said DeStefano.

The multi-million dollar renovation will include a complete gutting of the existing building with a new exterior façade, roof and interior floor plan to accommodate a new showroom, service area, waiting area and offices. The renovation will also include environmental cleanup of chemicals from decades ago when the site was used for manufacturing.