CITY OF NEW HAVEN SUBMITS 3 GRANTS TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND THE CITY’S ECONOMIC BASE
(8/25/2010) NEW HAVEN- This week, the City of New Haven partnered with various municipalities, State agencies and private organizations in the submission of three separate federal grants. Each of these grants seeks funding for projects that will grow the economy, create new job opportunities for residents and support New Haven as a livable community.
The City’s Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking, with the support of the State of Connecticut’s Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and a private developer, submitted an application for a $21.3 million “TIGER II” grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). If awarded, this grant will support the first phase of infrastructure improvements for Downtown Crossing, the City’s plan to convert Route 34 from a limited access highway to an urban boulevard that will reconnect City neighborhoods as well as support the growth of the medical district.
The first phase of Downtown Crossing includes the conversion of North and South Frontage Roads to boulevards with road, streetscape, bike and pedestrian enhancements, as well as the reconstruction of College Street to grade level. All elements of this conversion follow the City’s Complete Streets standards, a rigorous set of criteria that ensures City streets and sidewalks are safe for all forms of transportation.
The grant will allow for the development of 100 College Street, a 400,000 square foot health sciences building, located adjacent to a growing cluster of research and development facilities associated with Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Yale School of Medicine, including Smilow Cancer Center, 55 Park Street and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. The development of 100 College Street will result in approximately 2,000 construction jobs and up to 1,000 permanent jobs.
The City of New Haven has also submitted two grants to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Both of these grants would support the planning and redevelopment of the areas around Union Station. Specifically, these applications address the six livability principals established by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an initiative of HUD, DOT and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The livability principals include: (1) provide more transportation choices; (2) provide equitable, affordable housing; (3) enhance economic competitiveness; (4) support existing communities; (5) coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment; and (6) value communities and neighborhoods.
The HUD Sustainable Regional Planning Grant application was submitted by the Regional Plan Association of New York on behalf of the NY-CT Sustainable Communities Consortium. The Consortium is a bi-state collaboration that includes various municipalities and agencies throughout Connecticut, New York City, Westchester County and Long Island. This grant will allow the Consortium to network the region’s innovation capabilities as well as connect the next generation of mixed-income housing to the Metro-North and Long Island railroad systems,
The City of New Haven and the Town of Meriden partnered with DECD in submitting a $2 million HUD Challenge Grant application. The requested grant will support the planning and redevelopment of communities along the rail corridor and will help to increase the viability of the proposed New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line; facilitate the development of affordable and workforce housing and economic development projects; promote planning efforts that will foster development of mixed-use, walkable, more dense and transit-oriented communities; and improve the state as a place to live, visit and work. In New Haven, this grant will cover the area around Union Station and will include initial concept plans for Church Street South and the Robert T. Wolfe development, with a focus on connecting these areas to Union Station and the rest of the Hill neighborhood, the Medical District and Downtown.
“As a leader in smart growth and transit-oriented development, New Haven’s epitomizes the livability principles outlined by the EPA, DOT and HUD,” said Kelly Murphy, Economic Development Administrator for the City of New Haven. “Funding from these grants would allow us to continue to build the City’s economy with a focus on transportation options, affordable housing opportunities and job growth.”