Mayor DeStefano to Lead Groundbreaking Ceremony for Congress Avenue Rehabilitation Project
(9/14/2010) (NEW HAVEN)—Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. lead a groundbreaking ceremony in front of John C. Daniels School today to mark the start of comprehensive infrastructure and beautification work as part of the Congress Avenue Rehabilitation Project. As a collaborative effort between the City of New Haven’s Office of Economic Development (OED), Engineering, Public Works (DPW) and Transportation, Traffic & Parking (TTP) Departments, Mayor DeStefano and other City Leaders will break ground on the highly-anticipated “Congress Avenue Rehabilitation Project.”
Work will now begin to improve infrastructure and streetscape at the intersection of Howard and Congress Avenues and the length of Congress Avenue until it reaches Davenport towards Ella Grasso Boulevard. These improvements will create a gateway to the neighborhood and Medical District that will prove to be more vibrant for residents, workers and visitors along Congress Avenue.
The Federal Government awarded $800,000 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds to support this project. New Haven’s Office of Economic Development also contributed $16,500 to this work through the Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization (Community Development Block Grant) for streetscape efforts along Congress and other areas of Hill North. The comprehensive streetscape improvements will include the following improvements:
Infrastructure – Street Re-paving, Sidewalk Bump Outs (curtail speeding), Engineering Upgrades (catch basins, manholes)
Transportation, Traffic & Parking – Signage, Crosswalks, Refurbished Existing Signage
Beautification – Neighborhood Flag Pole Banners to brand the area, additional Trees, and Trash Receptacles
Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. has made it a priority to further develop clean, vibrant and welcoming neighborhoods and commercial corridors where residents and businesses can thrive. Hill North is in the heart of the Medical District and has seen a vast amount of investment over the last few years including the $467 Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven (one of just 39 designated cancer centers by the National Cancer Institute,, The two auxiliary projects: $80 million 55 Park Street medical laboratory, $70 million 2 Howe Street, mixed-use office, retail, $3.8 million Three-Sisters 12-Condominiums project (9-units sold to date), $45 million John C. Daniels Elementary School, and housing and recently started $38 million William T. Rowe development along with facades.
Overall, the Hill area has generated more than 1,700 permanent and construction jobs and over $700 million dollars in investment, not including the ongoing Gateway Community College construction in the heart of our Downtown, a project totaling over $198 million and another 500 full/part-time jobs.
“This project contributes toward our broader efforts to reconnect neighborhoods and make downtown more accessible to residents and businesses,” said DeStefano. “This is not only an important economic development mission but it’s important for quality of life and for our focus on safe streets that pedestrians, cyclists and motorists can share.”
“The work we’re kicking-off today on Congress Avenue is another step in the direction of increasing accessibility to the jobs, education, transportation, retail, dining and much more in our Downtown and Medical District,” said Kelly Murphy, Economic Development Administration. “We’re making strides in our efforts to tie together neighborhoods and important resources like Union Station, the hospitals and other important institutions.”
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