Projects Completed

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.

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.