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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends:

    The Livable City Initiative hosted open houses at eight properties throughout the city today, working to quickly identify responsible owners for the homes acquired by the City in anti-blight and tax foreclosures. The available properties include 129 Clay Street and 55 Dickerman Street, acquired by the City in the first ever anti-blight foreclosures since state legislation enabled the practice in 2009.

    With the passage of the Anti-Blight Ordinance in 2009, the City gained the ability to fine nonresponsive property owners up to $100 a day. In addition, the City gained the right to perform necessary maintenance work, bill the property owner, and place a lien on the property. Prior to 2009, the City had been able to fine owners for building code violations, but had limited remedies in cases of serious blight.

    The City does not take foreclosure lightly, but when an owner neglects a property and allows it to stand vacant, everyone in the neighborhood suffers. Both 55 Dickerman and 129 Clay had been left vacant for years, and had attracted squatters and pests. Both properties had deteriorated significantly due to years of neglect. Fortunately, responsible residents have stepped forward and expressed interest in the properties. I am hopeful that both properties will soon once again serve as safe and affordable homes for New Haven families.

    For more information about the surplus property sale and the available properties, click here.

    Community Boathouse Public Preview

    Join the New Haven City Plan Department, project designers and architects at the New Haven Free Public Library this Thursday as they present the final design for a community boathouse to be constructed adjacent to the Long Wharf Pier. Come learn about the project plans, schedule, and programming for the largest public waterfront development undertaken by the City in decades. The public preview meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 12 at the New Haven Free Public Library at 113 Elm Street.

    The Community Boathouse is a federally funded project, intended to mitigate the loss of the historic Yale Boathouse demolished to make way for the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program. Currently, much of New Haven's extensive waterfront property is devoted to maritime industry such as shipping operations and tank farms. None of these areas, however, are large enough or well-equipped to support active water-dependent recreation activities or education opportunities.

    The Canal Dock project will provide a waterfront park, marina, and gathering place, incorporating the waterfront into the identity of the City in a way that has been prevented for decades by many varieties of transportation infrastructure. Under the current proposal, elements of the historic boathouse will be prominently featured in the design of the Canal Dock Boathouse, helping the building's otherwise-modern design to fit in with the historical context of the region.

    The public preview meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 12 at the New Haven Free Public Library at 113 Elm Street. For more information contact Joshua Penny of the City Plan Department at cpintern@newhavenct.net or 203-946-2964.

    Music on the Green to Feature Mayer Hawthorne and Shontelle

    The International Festival of Arts and Ideas was a huge success last month, but summer fun in New Haven is only just getting started. Music on the Green returns this year with the support of Yale-New Haven Hospital, featuring Mayer Hawthorne and Shontelle. The free concerts will be held on the New Haven Green on Saturday, July 21 and July 28. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. with opening acts, followed by the headliner at 7:30 p.m.

    Mayer Hawthorne's unique musical style will take center stage on July 21. Concert goers will experience Hawthorne's classic Motown sound that provided the blueprint for his self-produced independent debut, A Strange Arrangement, along with his latest release, How Do You Do, which is reminiscent of late 1960s California pop and the best work from the likes of Steely Dan and Chicago. Opening for Hawthorne is New Haven native Seth Adam.

    On Saturday, July 28, R&B singer/songwriter Shontelle will bring the Elm City a performance of her popular hits, including "T-Shirt," "Perfect Nightmare" and "Impossible." Shontelle is the latest successful recording artist out of the exploding music scene of Barbados. Like Rihanna before her, Shontelle's unique songwriting skills may ultimately end up making her one of the biggest success stories from the West Indian nation. Shontelle has toured as a supporting act for New Kids on the Block's U.K. leg and the opening act for a portion of Beyonce's I Am... tour.

    Free Tomatoes

    Fairicelli Florist, Nursery and Greenhouse at 420 Forest Road in West Haven is donating tomato plants to New Haven residents and community gardeners. The flats of tomatoes are ready to plant and some already have tomatoes growing. Rich Fairicelli of Fairicelli Florist will offer care instructions to interested gardeners. Visit their greenhouse in West Haven to learn more.

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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