Blumenthal looks to future of New Haven's Rt. 34 project
(1/14/2011) (From New Haven Register)
By Abbe Smith, Register Staff, email@example.com
NEW HAVEN — Newly minted U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., got a bird’s-eye view Thursday of Route 34 and the future Downtown Crossing project site, a view he promised to keep in mind when he returns to Washington.
The stop at developer Carter Winstanley’s biotech building at 300 George St. was part of an economic development tour of the city led by Mayor John DeStefano Jr. Also present for the tour were Bruce Alexander, vice president for New Haven and state affairs at Yale University, Yale School of Medicine Dean Robert Alpern and Yale-New Haven Hospital President Marna Borgstrom.
The group also stopped at another Winstanley development, the Science Park building on Winchester Avenue. Across the street, the old Winchester Repeating Arms plant is scheduled for a major renovation to house the growing financial services company Higher One, another Winstanley project.
Blumenthal praised New Haven as an economic development success story and vowed to do everything in his power to support and boost that development.
“I’m going to be showcasing New Haven as I go down to Washington as a model for the country because it is a huge and historic success story and by no means an accident or coincidence,” he said.
Blumenthal went on to cite the city’s collaboration with Yale, Yale-New Haven Hospital and Winstanley as the driving force behind the city’s burgeoning biotech and medical industries.
Blumenthal said the stop in New Haven was part of a “two-week listening tour” across the state in which he hopes to hear ideas about creating jobs and economic growth.
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