Public input sought for $360 million mixed-use development
NEW HAVEN — The Economic Development Corp. of New Haven seeks public input for an ambitious new plan to redevelop the former site of Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Through a two year planning process, the city of New Haven and Canadian commercial real-estate developer LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP) have developed a shared vision for a “human-scale,” mixed-use, mixed-income, community-gathering place centered on an activated public square and laneway.
When built the $360 million project would include 719 residential rental units (20 percent of which would be designated as affordable housing), 76,900 square feet of retail, 160 hotel rooms, 200,000 square feet of Class A office space, 52,620 square feet of public space and 785 parking spaces.
The development agreement calls for attracting more than 35 new small to mid-sized permanent businesses and up to 20 seasonal incubator businesses, along with a mix of housing options including affordable, workforce and market-rate housing for individuals and families. In addition, the project will generate approximately 4,700 construction jobs during the seven to ten years of project build-out beginning in 2014, and between 2,800 permanent jobs during full operation.
The plan represents the next phase of New Haven’s Downtown Crossing project, which aims to reconnect downtown, Union Station, the medical district and the Hill neighborhood and will rejoin South Orange Street across the current Route 34 on an at-grade street for pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles.
Two sessions are planned to solicit input from the public. A November 13 Finance/Community Development Committee meeting beginning at 7 p.m. will focus on the proposed development agreement.
A second session beginning at 6:30 p.m. the next evening (November 14) will be hosted by the city’s Legislation Committee will seek public input on the proposed zoning change at the site (from BD to BD-3).
Both meetings will take place in the Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall, 165 Church Street.