Mayor's Monday Message|
Setting the stage for the largest downtown development project in City history, the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously last night to approve new zoning for the entire 11 acre Downtown Crossing site, and the project's first development agreement for 2.4 acres of land to be known as 100 College Street.
Downtown Crossing reclaims 11 acres of land currently underutilized by the Route 34 Connector. The first phase of Downtown Crossing and the construction of 100 College Street are expected to generate up to 2,000 construction jobs, 600 to 960 permanent jobs, and millions of dollars in spin-off economic development activity at suppliers, restaurants and other supporting businesses in the City that will create and support an additional 2,700 jobs.
The first phase of the Downtown Crossing effort is partially funded by a $16 million competitive federal TIGER II grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Phase one will close exits two and three and will convert the old Route 34 connector at North and South Frontage roads into an urban boulevard for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. College Street will then be reconstructed at grade level, literally paving the way for the development at 100 College Street. In the first development agreement of Downtown Crossing, the State of Connecticut will convey land at 100 College Street to the City, which will then immediately convey the parcel to Winstanley Enterprises.
Aided by $51 million in assistance from Governor Malloy's First Five program, Alexion will relocate its global headquarters to 100 College Street in New Haven by 2015. In doing so, Alexion will bring more than 350 employees to New Haven and add as many as 300 new jobs by 2017.
Since the 2008 recession, no city in Connecticut and few in the Northeast have matched New Haven's population and job growth. New Haven has led the state in grand list growth each of the last three years. City commercial and residential occupancy rates are at an all time high. Last night's vote assures that New Haven will continue on that trajectory for years to come as the Downtown Crossing project brings thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in economic development activity to the City.
For half a century, the highway divided the City and served as a reminder of the homes and businesses that were lost. No more. This January, work will finally begin to remove the highway and restore the street grid, employing thousands of people and propelling our local economy for decades to come. What was once a symbol of lost opportunity will again become a thriving part of our community,
This morning, I was proud to stand with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Senator Richard Blumenthal, State Senator Martin Looney, Gateway Community College President Dorsey Kendrick, and developer Carter Winstanley as dozens of elected officials, community members and businesses leaders gathered at the top of Air Rights Garage overlooking the Downtown Crossing site to celebrate the historic vote.
Elected Officials and City Leaders Celebrate Unanimous 100 College Street/Downtown Crossing Vote
"I have fought to reconnect our City ever since I worked for Mayor Logue over thirty years ago and am proud to have worked with Mayor DeStefano and former Senator Chris Dodd to help secure the $16 million grant that will allow the first part of the project go forward. These improvements will start us on a path to reclaim 11 acres that will be used to expand our medical district and continue the revitalization of our downtown. Once built, it will help my hometown of New Haven adapt to the future and flourish for decades to come. I am so happy to see it happen and cannot wait to see our new downtown." -- Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
"Downtown Crossing will be critically important in reclaiming a portion of land for the downtown that has been a weak link for development and will be a strong driver for jobs and economic development. This is exactly the type of strategic federal, state and local investment that will help get our economy going again." -- Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney
"The Downtown Crossing project is a model for how smart federal investment can spur job creation and make a city like New Haven a center of economic development. This exciting project is a model for making job creation grow from cutting edge technology. Strong alliances drive economic vitality and employment. I applaud the team of federal, state, and local leaders for their vision and dedication to making meaningful redevelopment a reality for the community."
--Senator Richard Blumenthal
"This has been a long process with many great voices involved over the years. We are thrilled with the Board of Aldermen's vote last night and want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this a reality - the President and members of the Board of Aldermen, the Mayor, the City's Economic Development Administrator and her extraordinary staff, Gateway College, the Board of Education, Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University, Alexion, the business community, and all of the members of this community who have worked so tirelessly on this project. Last night marks another beginning of working together as a community to make 100 College Street a positive reality for the City and its residents."
--Developer Carter Winstanley
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