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Calling All Highwood and East-Side Residents!


Calling All Highwood and East-Side Residents!

Mayor Curt Balzano Leng is asking residents of the Highwood and State Street communities to get involved in their neighborhood once again.

“I am reaching out to the residents of the Highwood and State Street neighborhoods in an effort to create a new Neighborhood Revitalization Zone committee, or NRZ for short. Historically, NRZs in CT have helped to shape and improve communities with a diversity of needs. I believe that we have great potential to continue the good work we have been doing here in Hamden by forming a new NRZ committee in both the Highwood and State Street communities. These neighborhood groups sincerely make a difference, and I encourage any interested residents to participate.”

The original Revitalization Zones were created in Highwood and State Street in 1999 to create a partnership between residents, business owners and Town officials to collaborate on plans for redevelopment and to improve the quality of life. The process of collaboration helps to turn the two neighborhoods around by developing attractive streetscapes, strategizing about the proper use of blighted land, the development of important destinations such as Highwood Square, and to promote businesses that have since come such as Ali Baba Restaurant, Aarons Furniture Rental, and Tri-Conn Construction Services. The NRZ has also supported the development of the Hamden police sub-station and many other public safety collaborations in the community. NRZ’s are recognized under Statutes as official planning areas and have been offered prioritized funding for projects in the NRZ areas. 

“NRZ’s create a blueprint for the neighborhood by developing collaboration between the business and residential communities to create a plan that benefits the community as a whole. It’s not just about the physical space, it is about public safety, cleaning blight, creating jobs and developing overall pride”, reflected Dale Kroop, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization.

The boundaries of the Highwood NRZ are from the New Haven line to Putnam Avenue and from Hightop/Thomas Streets on the west to Prospect Street on the east. The State Street NRZ runs the entirety of State from New Haven to North Haven and east and west 1-2 blocks.

Mayor Leng asks all stakeholders to get involved. “Our neighborhoods are unique, and can only improve with the guidance of our residents. I encourage all neighborhood residents and businesses to participate in this NRZ and make a difference.” stated Mayor Leng.

The Town will solicit potential members to the NRZ for the next 60 days. A kick off meeting in each neighborhood will be held over the next 45 days. Any residents, business owners or Town Commission members, who would like to participate, please contact Dale Kroop at 203-287-7033 or dkroop@hamden.com.

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