On Monday, June 13th, I was joined by Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith on a visit to Space-Craft Manufacturing and announced the launch of a market analysis and planning study focusing on the Mill River district.
New Haven is positioning itself to attract new investment, as well as to facilitate the continued growth of businesses that are already successful here. The Mill River market and planning study being launched will help ensure that it has the infrastructure and resources necessary to do so.
The City and Economic Development Corporation are currently planning a multi-phase project that will ultimately result in a comprehensive analysis and long-term action plan. The project objectives encompass the economics of re-use, the local and regional market, environmental conditions, waterfront use and coastal management, traffic patterns, utility capacity, and appropriate neighborhood linkages, as well as site use over time. Utile, Inc. and Ninigret Partners have been engaged as the planning and market analysis firms for the project.
The Mill River light industrial district, located on the banks of the Mill River roughly between Interstates 91 and 95, is home to businesses engaged in food processing and distribution, precision manufacturing, design and construction support, specialty building supplies fabrication, and other diverse commercial enterprises. Many of these companies have unique stories and distinctive ties to additional businesses or community support activities, and are good corporate citizens. With regional and global ties, these companies also represent a material portion of New Haven’s non-institutional job base and are significant contributors to the city’s diverse economy.
Space-Craft Manufacturing, Inc. is located at 300 East Street in the heart of the Mill River industrial area, and is one example of a thriving New Haven business. Space-Craft produces high-quality aerospace components and precision-machined parts for gas turbine engines for clients including Pratt and Whitney, GE, Sikorsky, and the United States military. The company, founded in 1970, has grown from four to over 50 employees over the years, and moved to New Haven’s Mill River district in 1993. Space-Craft has won a number of industry awards, including the National Supplier of the Year Award from the US Air Force, and its founder, Dr. John Soto, has also been recognized for his philanthropic and community service activities.
A public workshop on the study will be held Wednesday, June 29 to begin the dialogue with the community. This first meeting, to be held in the John S. Martinez School cafeteria starting at 5:30 p.m., will focus on orienting the public to the study area and study objectives. The Office of Economic Development and EDC will continue to hold meetings to update and engage the communities involved, and project updates will be posted on both the EDC and Office of Economic Development websites.
Green Tip of the Week: Take advantage of a free home energy assessment.
This past week I found out just how energy efficient my home is after taking advantage of the CT Energy Efficiency Fund for a home energy assessment.
The City of New Haven is offering free home energy assessments to all New Haven residents through the New Haven Green and Healthy Homes (GHHI). The City has partnered with the CT Energy Efficiency Fund and the United Illuminating Company to provide this service, with funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy.
I encourage all New Haven residents to take part in this free energy audit. New Haven has an older housing stock that is not very energy efficient. Many residents complain of drafty houses and high energy bills. The greener your home, the more ‘green’ you will have in your pocket.”
In an effort to reduce residents’ energy consumption and save them on the energy bills, the City of New Haven has started its Green and Healthy Homes Initiative as part of a national initiative of 16 cities. Green and Healthy Homes are homes that provide a safe, healthy, and efficient environment. Green and Healthy Homes is a holistic approach to addressing New Haven resident’s home efficiency.
The Home Energy Solutions provides the following services:
• A home energy assessment including a blower-door test which pinpoints critical drafts and air leaks. After they are found, the technician will professionally seal them during the visit.
• A duct test to assess air leaks within the ductwork system. The technician will seal those significant leaks.
• Hot water-saving measures including low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators will be installed.
• Rebates up to $500 for qualifying HVAC systems and up to $200 for replacement of certain inefficient appliances with qualifying energy-efficient models.
• Installation of energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.
• Incentives for insulation upgrades
• A “kitchen table wrap-up” where the technician will review the work that was done in your home and tell you about additional resources that can help you save energy and money
Ordinarily, the Home Energy Solutions program has a $75 co-pay. As part of the Office of Sustainability's Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, this program is free for residents, as long as DOE funding remains available. Typical energy savings are $250 per year.
Residents that wish to sign up for their Green and Healthy Homes energy efficency audit should visit:
http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Sustainability - click on Green and Healthy Homes or call the city’s Office of Sustainability at (203) 946-2323.
Here is what else is happening in the Elm City:
June15. Cityseed Farmers Market. Church Street in front of City Hall. 11am-3pm. www.cityseed.org.
June 15. Lecture: “Haiti: Models for Rebirth”. Yale Center for British Art. Emeline Michel, a Haitian singer and songwriter, Frank Bia, medical director of AmeriCares, discuss how the nation can recover from disaster. Free. 5:30-6:30pm
June 15. Elm Street Book Group: Literary Games, and The 13th Tale by Diane Setterfield. Main Library. 6-7pm.
June 16. 16th GNH Pizza Fest on New Haven Green Benefits The Connection Fund. 12-1:30pm. 203-776-9900 x1003.
June 16. Schooner Sunset Sail. Long Wharf Pier. $30. 7-9pm. www.schoonerinc.org
June 17. 16th GNH Pizza Fest on New Haven Green Benefits The Connection Fund. 12-1:30pm. 203-776-9900 x1003.
Jun 17. Elm City Cycling Bike to Work Day Breakfast. Pitkin Plaza in front of The Devil's Gear Bike Shop. Get your bike checked for free by a Devil’s Gear mechanic. Pick up a free New Haven “Smart Cycling” handbook. Meet fellow cyclists; learn about best commuting routes and upcoming events. 7:30-9:30am.
Jun 17. Schooner Sunset Sail. Long Wharf Pier. $30. 7-9pm. www.schoonerinc.org
Jun 18. Open Farm Day at Common Ground. 10am-2pm. www.commongroundct.org.
June 18. Hillhouse Opera Company presents the Riverview Operas. New Haven Free Public Library. 4 short original operas conceived & created by youth at Riverview Hospital. 2pm.www.hillhouseoperacompany.org
Jun 18. Schooner Family Pirate Sail. Long Wharf Pier. $40/$15.4-6pm. www.schoonerinc.org
June 18. New Haven Green Drinks at Bru Café. Free organic wine tastings donated by The Wine Thief and Northeast Wine Brokers. At 7pm Kate Powell, Regional Water Authority, will discuss their Whitney Water treatment plant and hiking/fishing permits. 6-8 pm www.greendrinks.org
Jun 18. Schooner Adult Pirate Sail. Long Wharf Pier. BYOB. $40.7-9pm. www.schoonerinc.org
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.
Contact Name: Adam Joseph
Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net
Contact Phone: 203-946-7660