GATEWAY’S DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT MOVING FORWARD
(8/3/2007) MACY’S DEMOLITION TO BE COMPLETED IN OCTOBER GIVING WAY TO GATEWAY CONSTRUCTION
NEW HAVEN- The City of New Haven announced today that exterior demolition is now underway on the former Macy’s Building in Downtown. The demolition contractor has begun to remove portions of the first floor masonry and the roof, and over the next month and a half will be demolishing the building using a conventional wrecking ball and other machinery. Lane closures and temporary street closures will take place but will be announced ahead of time. The demolition is expected to be completed by mid-October of this year.
“This project is moving forward and we’re looking forward to the college starting construction next year,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “This is one of the many exciting projects that are developing in New Haven. We’re constantly seeing great improvements in our downtown and creating even more reasons for people to come out and enjoy the great things our City has to offer.”
This exterior demolition is the final step before Gateway Community College begins constructing a new consolidated campus at the site. The College has begun the design stage of the project and plans to construct an on-site parking garage first a component of the project that is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2008. The college is scheduled to open in 2012 and will bring more than 8,000 students, faculty and staff to this downtown location.
“The College has experienced significant growth over the past five years, and this new facility will provide state of the art educational facilities to local residents who are committed to furthering their education,” said DeStefano.
The Macy’s demolition and the Gateway Community College relocation are both part of the larger Gateway Downtown Development Project. The Gateway Downtown Development Project also includes the demolition of the Coliseum, bringing Long Wharf Theatre downtown, and developing the remaining portion of the former Coliseum site to support the southern portion of the thriving Ninth Square neighborhood.
“These new developments are all occurring in conjunction with and in coordination with a number of other promising developments that are underway in New Haven,” said Kelly Murphy, Economic Development Administrator. “We’re pleased to welcome Gateway downtown and are working hard to keep growing the number of businesses and development that establish in our City yielding jobs, attracting visitors and giving residents shopping, dining and entertainment options.”
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