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Hamden Community Development Program Updates Announced 

Monday, November 14, 2016
As the Town proceeds with Program Year 42 of its Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), we would like to provide the following update regarding some policies recently approved and supported by the Town’s Community Development Advisory Commission. Dale Kroop, Director explains; “It’s important to periodically evaluate and share these community development programs so that residents who really need the programs have access to them. I have been meeting with the Advisory Commission and they have been very helpful in helping to clarify the requirements of the many programs we offer for low and moderate income residents in and out of the target areas”. The Town provides funding for emergency heating system and roof repairs. Additionally, there is a down payment assistance program for First Time Homebuyers. For all programs the resident must be income qualified and in many cases be located in the Towns Target areas.

Hamden Mart to Welcome New Retailers 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Hamden – Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and Economic Director Dale Kroop are very pleased to announce that there will be a number of exceptionally positive developments occurring within the Hamden Mart over the next 6-12 months.

After years of vacancy, the former Toys-R-Us lot will now have two new tenants. The Wine Merchant will now occupy half of the existing space, moving from another location which is currently adjacent to Walmart. The other half of the former Toys-R-Us lot will be occupied by a well-known and respected national retailer (to be announced at a later date subject to contract confidentiality). Once The Wine Merchant occupies its new location, Kimco Realty (the current leasing agency of the property) will fill the former location with another, expected to be nationally operating business.

In addition, Bonton will close its doors in Hamden over the next 6-12 months and will be replaced by the Burlington Coat Factory (Burlington). Bonton has been closing several stores throughout the USA. Hamden is very excited to welcome Burlington Coat Factory to the Town.

Carlton Industries Expands in Hamden 

Monday, October 24, 2016
Carlton Industries has completed their move from Marne Street to 33 Rossotto Drive, increasing their business and production area from 18,000 to 26,000 square feet. The Hamden Legislative Council had previously approved business incentives for Carlton Industries to move and expand its manufacturing business. Carlton Industries was awarded a tax abatement on the property improvements and the purchase of new personal property. They were also awarded a grant and a waiver of the building permit fees.

Silver City Vapors Opens in Hamden 

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Congratulations to Silver City Vapor on their official Grand Opening on September 15th. They are located on 3030 Whitney Avenue (next to Thyme and Season) and offer an expert knowledge and a wide variety of e-liquids and vaping products. Visit their web site at http://www.silvercityvapors.com/about-1

Creeperum Haunted House 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Want to get scared? Creeperum just opened a location on Marne Street in Hamden. Watch the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HpMKNmzsCI


Friday, October 14, 2016

Three Brothers Diner Grand Reopening 

Monday, October 3, 2016
To celebrate their 16th anniversary, Three Brothers Diner has completed extensive renovations of the inside and exterior of the diner. The Three Brothers Diner is one of the most iconic businesses in the Highwood Community. “We are proud to have had Three Brothers in Hamden for so long, as they are truly an integral part of the Highwood community”, stated Mayor Curt Balzano Leng.

On Sunday, October 9th, as thank you to the community, the Three Brothers Diner will donate 50% of all proceeds to the Hamden Food Bank and the Red Cross.

Hamden Economic Development Wins Two Recognition Awards 

Friday, September 30, 2016
The Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) and the Town of Hamden has been recognized recently by two major Trade organizations for its work in the Newhall Revitalization Program. The Northeast Economic Development Association (NEDA): September 10-12, 2016: New Haven CT: First Place, Community Program of the Year. International Economic Development Council (IEDC): September 25-28: Cleveland Ohio: Silver Award Neighborhood Development Program of the Year:

Hamden Business Incubator Continues Progress 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
HAMDEN BUSINESS INCUBATOR Project continues with roof and asbestos removal PROJECT.

A new phase of construction has just begun at the future site of the Hamden Business Incubator. This phase includes the replacement of the entire roof structure, interior demolition as well as lead, asbestos and mold abatement. The funding for this phase came from the CT. Department of Economic and Community Development and the Federal Economic Development Administration.

The Hamden Business Incubator is being developed by HEDC at the location of the former Newhall Community Center at 496 Newhall Street, which has been closed since 2002. The incubator will be serve as the location for up to 20 small businesses that specialize in service and technology areas such as light manufacturing, web design and medical office administration. The goal is develop affordable space for entrepreneurs to grow in Hamden to create jobs and increase tax revenue.

Hamden Real Estate Review 

Monday, August 22, 2016
Hamden Continues to Hold the Lowest Industrial Vacancy Rate in Region The industrial vacancy rate for Hamden’s 90 industrial buildings is 8.1%, the lowest vacancy rate for comparable communities in the New Haven North region. As the industrial vacancy rate for the entire New Haven Region is 11.8%, Hamden’s industrial vacancy rate of 8.1% rests comfortably below average. “Although we are pleased to have a low vacancy rate, it challenges us to seek new opportunities,” stated Dale Kroop, Hamden’s long time Director of Economic and Community Development.

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