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Former Hamden Middle School Site
Former Hamden Middle School Site

There will soon be a small but a significant step towards the redevelopment of the former middle school site. Contractors are wrapping up the abatement of asbestos and other hazardous materials in the auditorium at the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation has managed the project and has been working with BL Companies and Wiese Construction since January with the goal of the demolition of this building and removal of pavement around it. It also includes the attached hallway to the main classroom building. The estimated project cost will be $500,000 and is being paid for entirely by a grant secured by HEDC from the State Department of Economic and Community Development. Following the easement and utility shut offs, the building will be demolished by roughly mid-June. “This building was loaded with asbestos and debris. BL Companies and the Wiese Construction have both done a great job is keeping us on schedule and within budget.”, stated Dale Kroop, Project Manager and Executive Director of the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.

Hamden Business Incubator: Construction
Hamden Business Incubator: Construction

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. As owner, developer and manager of the incubator, the HEDC will provide common services to the small businesses to help them reduce the cost of overhead, making them more profitable. This will include restrooms, electricity and heat, security, and a Wi-Fi equipped meeting space. Rental space will be offered at competitive rates to foster economic growth in the different service and technology industries that can provide job growth and services to the community, the region and the State of CT. Finally, the Hamden Business Assistance Center will provide free business planning and coaching services as part of the overall rent structure. "This project will have a significant effect on small business development and the future economy and will connect the surrounding southern Hamden community to important institutions and partners in the region. It is a challenging but very worthwhile project. We also have to thank again the Town of Hamden, our local delegation, the Federal EDA and the State of CT DECD for their ongoing support ", stated Dale Kroop who is Executive Director of the HEDC.

Zero Energy House- 499 Newhall Street
Zero Energy House- 499 Newhall Street

This home was built with funding from Capital For Change (formerly known as the CT Housing Investment Fund), a non-profit lending institution and a tax credit investment from Eversource Energy Company through the low income housing tax credit program. The home also includes an attached, two car garage and an "in-law" one bedroom apartment. "We thank all the wonderful partners that helped support and fund this project, Without the Eversource Energy Corporation and Capital For Change we could never have done it, noted Dale Kroop. done it, noted Dale Kroop. The home includes many significant energy conservation features including advanced framing exterior walls, shallow frost protected foundations, Energy Star V3 certified with LED lighting and Energy Star appliances, U-Value U = .17 / triple glazed windows, significant insulation, many green and recycled products, Low VOC materials such as paints, adhesives, glues, cabinetry, carpet and Space Heating and Cooling through a new split air source heat pump system. The new owner will add solar panels to take advantage of tax credits for the investment of a photovoltaic system. With the addition of the panels the home will be close to energy (cost) free. The home was designed by Christopher Widmer Architects from Guilford and engineering services by Godfrey/Hoffman Associates. The home was built by Joseph Raffone and AAMSA, General Contractors from Hamden. The project was completed on time and within budget. The mortgage broker was Michael Bagley from the First World Mortgage Company. Banking services were provided to HEDC by Bankwell Bank. Legal Services provided by Cohen and Wolf PC and Palumbo and Delaura law firms. The property was the previous location of a home which was remediated and demolished under the Newhall Residential remediation program which was completed in 2013. The funds for this home were raised to help to begin to rebuild the community.

Rochford Field/Villano Park
Rochford Field/Villano Park

Villano Park is named after former Mayor of Hamden and state Representative Peter Villano. In 2014 the Hamden Legislative Council renamed Milrock Park as Villano Park for the man who helped to provide the leadership needed to redevelop the Newhall community in Hamden. Villano park includes many new elements from the previous park including playground equipment and splash pad for all ages of children, passive recreation features for seniors and an area for entertainment and performances. There will also be two basketball courts and new tennis courts open to the public. The entire park will also include new lighting and security features. Rochford Field

400 Goodrich Street Redevelopment
400 Goodrich Street Redevelopment

HEDC raised over $2 million for environmental cleanup of the former Globe Metal Finishing / Metropolitan Metals facility.

Newhall Deconstruction
Newhall Deconstruction

As part of the ongoing community development and structural repair program in the Newhall neighborhood, HEDC used deconstruction as an alternative to traditional demolition on several houses.