Completed Projects

HEDC has an active work load that will impact the Hamden community for years to come. In each project, we have been able to raise funds through grants to complete brownfield and community based programs.


 

 

Hamden welcomes Rickey and Jessica Traynham and their three children!  A closing for the Zero energy home was held on February 3rd  for a family of five from New Haven who will live in the 1800 SF 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home, located at 499 Newhall Street (immediately across the street from the Hamden Business Incubator) and  built by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.

 

   

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.

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 andSpace 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 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.

"Moments like these are really special because we are beginning to see the community come full circle. There is nothing more important than bringing a new wonderful family like the Traynhams to Hamden to rebuild the community.  We welcome Rickey and Jessica and their children with open arms. Hamden needs new families to become the new generation of citizens who make a contribution to the Town and to enjoy our great Town services", stated Dale Kroop, Executive Director of HEDC.

For more information about the Zero Energy House or the Hamden Economic Development Corporation, please visits the web page at

http://www.hamdeneconomicdevelopment.org/or the HEDC face book page at https://www.facebook.com/HEDC2012

or contact Dale Kroop at dkroop@hamden.com

 

 

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 400 Goodrich / Daisy Street Redevelopment

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These properties have long been a major problem in southern Hamden – since 1996 and earlier.

The location of Globe Metal Finishing or Metropolitan Metals from the early 1960s until 1996, the 16,000 s.f. site was found to contain many contaminated materials both inside and out: metals, cyanide beneath the slab and chemicals/materials in the soil including arsenic, lead and other PAH compounds. There was also a lot of cinder, ash and slag as well as numerous other materials on the site. The basement was filled with water that was contaminated with waste liquids mixed with rainwater that has accumulated throughout the years.

The HEDC became involved with the property in 2005 after complaints from the neighbors and neighborhood activists. The owner had abandoned the property with significant taxes owed and several mortgages. It was polluted and the building was open to vagrants.

Additionally, the building was located in two communities – 60% in Hamden and 40% in New Haven. Zoning was different on both sides. 

          

 On behalf of the Town, HEDC foreclosed out all the debts on the property and was able to secure an end user (Construction Management Company). Eventually HEDC raised nearly $2 million dollars for environmental cleanup of the property. In June 2012, Tri-Con Construction services took possession of the building and is currently completing renovations. It is anticipated that they will occupy the building in September of 2013. Remediation funds came from the EPA Revolving Loan fund and the EPA Emergency Superfund Removal program. The remediation project is now complete and the end buyer has begun renovations to be completed in September of 2013.

                        

 


Deconstruction Training Program

As part of the process of demolition, HEDC was able to raise $50,000 from the New Haven Workforce Alliance to train 8 individuals in the field of deconstruction. Rather than demolish a building that was severely damaged, by using deconstruction and building material salvaging techniques, more than 50% of the composition of houses could be salvaged and reused for other purposes, such as for housing components, furniture, etc. The eight participants took 11 weeks of classroom training at Gateway Community College and then were paid livable wages for eight weeks of employment. At this time, three of the trainees have been able to gain employment in the field of deconstruction.

 Newhall Community Development Structural Repair Program

In 2010, HEDC was awarded a grant for $5 million to begin a community development program designed to assist homeowners who owned houses that were structurally impacted by the material in the Newhall neighborhood. HEDC received the funds from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development.

The HEDC will be able to make an impact on nearly 100 homes in the community. To date, there have been improvements to over 80 homes including installation of over 500 window replacements and 30 new roofs. The rehabilitation continues, as approximately 20 homes are still under construction or in the planning phases. Additionally, 13 houses were acquired (their owners relocated) and either demolished or rehabbed for future residential use.

TESTIMONIALS:  RESIDENTS APPLAUD THE SUCCESS OF OUR PROGRAMS.

The work performed at my residence was excellent.  The workers arrived on time, left the area clean and were very respectful of my home.  I would gladly refer HEDC or Tri-Con to others.  It is wonderful to be able to trust a contractor.

Ebony Thomas

 To view more testimonials please click on the testimonial link.

  


 

Finally, a new workforce training initiative came out of the Newhall community development program – a program called “Deconstruction.”

Deconstruction in Newhall

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As a direct result of the deconstruction training program (completed), HEDC chose to use deconstruction as an alternative to traditional demolition on four houses. The HEDC will soon produce a study that will evaluate the effectiveness and financial result of deconstruction.

In the short run, numerous workers were able to sustain full-time employment for months during the deconstruction of the houses while also limiting the impact on local landfills by not dumping entire houses.