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Progress Continues on Two Important Projects 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Two projects approved over the last couple years continue towards completion. Both are new construction.

Doctor Robert Henry will soon complete his new 10,000 Square Foot medical office building at the corner of Whitney Avenue and Todd Street. This project is directly in front of Trailside Village 55+ condominiums. This project was approved in 2015 and is among a few medical office developments that are actively under way or in planning stages.

Lake Whitney Apartments

The first half of the $45 million, 393 apartment complex at 380 Mather the former home of the Leonard concrete pipe facility located near the corner of Mather and Dixwell Avenue continues on schedule. A total of 200 apartments will come on line in 2017 with the remaining units in 2018.

The majority of the apartments will be one bedroom for working professionals with a mix of some one and two bedrooms units. Most are market are units while 20% will be considered affordable under Hamden’s zoning regulations.
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Press Cuozzo Arranges $10M Sale 

Thursday, January 19, 2017
HAMDEN, CT – Stephen Press, SIOR, Principal of Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services, is pleased to announce that he and Senior Advisor Ted Schaffer have completed the off-market sale of the Hamden Center II complex, consisting of an 80,000 SF Class A Office Building and 20,000 SF of retail space located at 2321 Whitney Avenue, in the business center of Hamden, CT.
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Economic and Community Development Department Expands 

Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Town of Hamden has expanded the role of its long-time Director, Dale Kroop, whose contract was recently extended through 2018. The new department will continue its long running Economic and Community Development program and will add two new focus areas to its responsibilities, energy and neighborhood revitalization. “I am very pleased to continue our successful relationship with Director Kroop, and I look forward to the many positive changes coming to the Economic Development Department. These renewed and expanded focuses on energy and neighborhood revitalization are key elements of establishing long-term growth and sustainability within Hamden’s residential and commercial districts.” The area of energy as an economic development catalyst is an important focus of this department shift. “In the past the town handled the energy issues on an adhoc basis with no official staff assignments. We have a really good thorough Commission that focuses on important energy issues. One of the first goals is to empower and encourage the Energy Climate and Reuse Commission to develop a long term plan focused on energy goals to make the Town more focused on climate change. Also we want to save the tax payers money and to create incentives for businesses and residential customers by creating access to energy savings programs and services available to them. We also need to give the Legislative Council a longer term view of financial implications of this very important area of Town functions”, stated Dale Kroop, the Towns Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization.
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Former Himmel Brothers Site May Finally See New Life 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
For over 25 years people have driven past an old art deco façade that has been mysterious and mostly vacant. It also is contaminated from dumping and a former extrusion operation. “I am pleased to announce that Hamden has reached an agreement with a local developer to occupy and revitalization a long blighted property here in Town. Town Officials have steadfastly worked over the past year to ensure that this property would not continue to languish in disrepair. I am very pleased with these efforts, and I extend my thanks to the Economic and Community Development Department.” noted Mayor Curt Leng.
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Mikor Expansion Approved by Town of Hamden 

Friday, January 6, 2017
The Hamden Legislative Council approved business incentives for Leonardo Properties for the expansion of Mikro Beer Bar and Restaurant, currently located at 3000 Whitney Avenue, Mikro owner, Mike Farber, has taken his passion for beer and food to Hamden, CT. Mikro is an intimate space built to feature craft beer, with 18 rotating taps. Mikro's Chef has designed a beer-centric, playfully creative menu intended to highlight local and seasonal items that pair well with Mikro's beer offerings. The location of the expansion will be 0 Depot Road which is directly off Sherman Avenue close to Whitney Avenue and behind Dunkin donuts at the corner of Whitney Avenue and Sherman Avenue. The total investment into the project will be approximately $800,00 for renovations of the current depot buildings and a large expansion. The project has also been approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
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Grand Opening of Lucians Gardenhouse Held December 19th 

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lucian’s Florist at Gardenhouse formerly known as Lucian’s Green House and Florist is now under new ownership. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on December 19th, members of the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and Development Director Dale Kroop on hand for the event.
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Soil Management Fund Available for Newhall Residential Expansion Projects 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Property owners in the former Newhall Remediation area are now eligible for grant funding from the new Soil Management Fund. This fund can be utilized by home owners in the Newhall Local Design District. The funding is managed by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) and may be utilized for the identification and removal of waste fill material found below the original four foot clean-up line directly under a home improvement such as an expansion of a family room, bathroom or kitchen. There is no income requirement for grant eligibility. For eligibility, applicants must have participated in the residential cleanup completed by the Olin Corporation in 2013.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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