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    (New Haven, CT) – Quality Hyudai, a successful car dealership long located in Branford is expanding—and moving to New Haven.

    New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., State Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney (D-New Haven) and Majority Leader of the New Haven Board of Aldermen Alphonse Paolillo joined Quality Hyundai owners Joseph Blichfield III and his son, Joseph Blichfield IV, today to break ground on a multi-million dollar renovation and brown field clean up of a long vacant site today. The location at 115 Peat Meadow Road is off of Route 1 and I-95 nearby several other auto dealerships in East Haven. The site has been vacant and an eyesore for neighbors since the United States Postal Service vacated the six acre lot over five years ago. Prior to 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 Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.

    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.

    One concern of neighbors—increased traffic on quiet side streets due to the new business—have been allayed. State Senator Martin Looney worked closely with the City and the neighborhood to coordinate approvals from the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation to allow for the new access drive directly from Route 1, so customers will no longer have to drive through the adjacent residential neighborhood.

    "The relocation of Quality Hyundai will help give new life to a long vacant site and bring new jobs to the city," said Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven). "I want to commend Alderman Paolillo and Tony Biaklecki for working with the community to make today possible."

    When the renovation is complete and the business opens in late August, Quality Hyundai will add an additional six to eight employees to their current 40—the owners hope to hire New Haven residents. The renovation and brownfield cleanup will create between 30 and 40 construction jobs.


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