Everything you wanted to know about Saturday's implosion
John DeStefano, Jr. City Of New Haven
Mayor PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday January 19, 2007
CITY HOLDS NEWS CONFERENCE ON EVE OF COLISEUM DEMOLITION
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, PARKING, TRAFFIC, AND FUTURE PLANS FOR THE SITE TO BE DETAILED
New Haven: One day before the New Haven Coliseum is set to be imploded, Mayor John DeStefano, Fire Chief Michael Grant, Economic Development officials, and Stamford Wrecking personnel held a news conference at the Knights of Columbus World Headquarters to review important details and answers questions from the media.
Below are the key points covered in the news conference:
Estimated Implosion Time The implosion is scheduled to occur around 7:30am on Saturday, January 20, 2007.
Safety Perimeter Area A Safety Perimeter Area will be established to ensure the safety of the public. The Safety Perimeter extends from the edge of the Temple Street Garage to Union Avenue, which is east of the Knights of Columbus Museum, and from Crown Street to South Frontage Street.
Safety Precautions: The City of New Haven is committing approximately 40 fire fighters and 50 police officers to the demolition tomorrow. In addition, the State Police and New Haven Police will send team of search and rescue dogs to the site before the implosion to make sure no one is inside the safety perimeter. In addition, a ladder truck will be stationed on the corner of Orange St. and Crown St. to conduct rooftop scans. The State Police Helicopter may also be used.
Nearby Properties It is estimated that residents in three buildings which face the Coliseum will need to be relocated for approximately three hours – from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. The City of New Haven has contacted management and communicated with residents in the: Trader’s Block Condos (20 units), Liberty Safe Haven Apartments (33 units), and a portion of the Residences at 9th Square (60 units) to ensure they understand the safety procedures.
Command Posts There will be two command posts – one on the corner of Church St. and George St. and the other behind the Knights of Columbus Museum. Representatives from the Police and Fire Departments, along with United Illuminating, the Fire Marshal’s office, and the State Police will be on hand.
After the implosion: After the implosion, safety officials will conduct a metered check of the site to make sure there are no gas leaks. Officials will also survey all electrical lines.
Parking Lots All cars parked in the George Street Garage and the surface parking lots on George Street should be moved to a location outside of the area by 5:30pm on Friday, January 19, 2007. Alternate parking locations will include the Temple Street Garage, the Crown Street Garage, the City of New Haven lot and the Shartenberg Site, which are both on the corner of State and Chapel Streets.
Traffic Closures Significant lane closures are expected in the Safety Perimeter starting at 5:00pm on Friday, January 19, 2007. The roads within and leading to the Safety Perimeter will be closed to all traffic starting at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday January 20, 2007. Portions of I-91, I-95, and Route 34 will be closed for several minutes using a moving road block just before and during the implosion on Saturday morning.
Pedestrian Traffic Closures The Safety Perimeter area will be closed to all pedestrian foot-traffic starting at 6:30am on Saturday, January 20, 2007.
Viewing Locations The official viewing location will be on the top levels of the Temple Street Garage. Free parking and refreshments are available to the public. The two children who won the right to ‘push the plunger’ are Ben, 10, and Tori, 8, Staniewicz of Guilford. Mayor DeStefano, along with the children, will lead the demolition ceremony on top of the Temple St. Garage. Live music will be available beginning at 6:15 a.m.
Immediate plans for the site After crews clear the site and take away the debris; the lands will be used as a temporary parking lot for motorists who currently use the surface lot next to Union Station. This will allow a second parking garage at Union Station to be built. It’s estimated that the Coliseum site will be used for parking for about one year.
Future plans for the site The Coliseum occupies 6.5 acres of land and the value of the land is assessed at approximately $4 million. The demolition of the Coliseum is part of the larger Gateway Downtown Development Plan (9.5 acres), approved by the Board of Aldermen in 2005. The plan includes moving Gateway Community College and Long Wharf theatre downtown by the end of 2011 and building a mixed use development that will feature housing, retail, and office space. In addition, the City of New Haven has spoken with a number of businesses who may be interested in developing a portion of the site.
Economic benefit: New college construction will pump $140M into the regional economy resulting in 1,320 construction jobs.
Students will add an estimated $13M in new annual spending to downtown.
As an employer, Gateway brings 184 full- and 364 part-time jobs, amounting to $21M in payroll to the downtown district.
The new Gateway location will bring the City an estimated PILOT payment of $1.8M, reflecting an increase of $1.6M over current Gateway location.
New theater construction will pump $45 million into the regional economy, resulting in 485 construction jobs and yield $66 million direct and indirect economic impact from construction.
Moving downtown will drive Theatre-goers to downtown restaurants & retail, with an estimated $7 million in retail revenue each year through Long Wharf visitors
Moving downtown is estimated to increase Long Wharf Theatre attendance by 20,000 people, from 100,000 annual attendance to 120,000.
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