shovelNEW HAVEN: Backed by $16 million of private investment and an $8 million investment by the state a tech center development in the old Connecticut Transit building at 470 James Street, took another step forward with a groundbreaking in early June. The site was heavily polluted by years as the bus hub which closed in 2010, the state failed at finding a developer in 2012 and has now remediated the site.

David Salinas [ former Business New Haven Rising Star] and CEO of Digital Surgeons a digital marketing and advertising agency in the lead developer of the site. Digital Surgeons is located currently across the street in the old Trolley Street Car building better known as the former home of the Robbie Len manufacturing. 

Salinas’ landlord Jason Carter a well heeled New York developer who bought the 250,000 square foot Street Car building at auction for $3.5 million wanted to buy the CT Transit property.  The city chose the proposal for the Tech Center and Carter put his building up for sale.