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Hamden Business Incubator Progress Update 
Friday, November 2, 2018
The Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is pleased to provide the following update regarding the Hamden Business Incubator. The Hamden Business incubator is owned and is currently being developed by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation. The project began in 2016 is currently in the middle of the Phase II of construction. This phase will be concluded in the spring of 2019 and we will welcome the first tenants at that time. Phase... 3 will begin in some time 2019. Funding for the project comes from several sources, The CT Department of Economic and Community Development (Brownfield and Urban Act funding), funding from the Federal Economic Development Administration and Historic Tax Credits, including Bridge lending by Guilford Savings Bank. “We have been very fortune so far to not ask the Hamden taxpayers for any funds for this important project. We are taking a historic treasure and making it functional again to benefit the local economy, create jobs, encourage business development and help reduce blight in the Highwood/Newhall Neighborhood.”, stated Dale Kroop Executive Director of the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.
Progress Made at Former Middle School Site 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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.
HAMDEN RECEIVES $600,000 FOR BROWNFIELD CLEANUP AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL 
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Good news was delivered this week to Hamden. On Tuesday 2/14, Hamden was notified by the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), that the Hamden Economic Development Corporation has been awarded $600,000 for the asbestos cleanup and demolition of the Auditorium at the location of the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The 16,000 S.F. structure has substantial asbestos contamination and is severely blighted.
HAMDEN WELCOMES NEW FAMILY TO ZERO ENERGY HOUSE 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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.
BUSINESS INCUBATOR UPDATE 
Friday, January 27, 2017
As the photo shows, the last truck load filled with lead covered building materials was hauled off site, completing the latest phase of construction at the future home of the Hamden Business Incubator, the home of the former Newhall Community Center at 496 Newhall Street. This $2 Million phase included significant interior demolition, the complete replacement of the roof, structural work, carpentry, site work preparation and the removal of virtually all remaining asbestos and lead in the building. It also included the removal of a 6,000 gallon oil tank. The following also shows some before and after pictures of areas of the building, which was sold to the Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) in 2013 by the Town of Hamden.
NEW SINGLE FAMILY HOUSING COMES TO NEWHALL IN HIGHWOOD 
Friday, October 14, 2016
The Hamden Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce two significant developments in the Newhall area of southern Hamden. “We are pleased to update Hamden residents on the progress being made to complete the re-use of eight vacant parcels, originally purchased by HEDC that resulted from demolition of homes that had severe structural damage resulting from subsurface waste fill conditions. Each lot have a new single family home”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of the Hamden Economic Development Corporation
Hamden Business Incubator Continues Progress 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
HAMDEN BUSINESS INCUBATOR PROJECT CONTINUES WITH ROOF AND ASBESTOS REMOVAL PROJECT. A new phase of construction has just begun at the future site of the Hamden Business Incubator. This phase includes the replacement of the entire roof structure, interior demolition as well as lead, asbestos and mold abatement. The funding for this phase came from the CT. Department of Economic and Community Development and the Federal Economic Development Administration. 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.
Zero Energy House Progresses Timetable to be Set for New Owner Selection Criteria 
Monday, June 13, 2016
The Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) reports that progress continues for the construction of the Zero Energy House at 499 Newhall Street, across from the Hamden Business Incubator. “Since the groundbreaking, we have completed all of the underground, foundation and utility work. We are beginning to see the home take shape. Now is the time for us to begin the process of selecting a buyer”, stated Dale Kroop, Executive Director of the Hamden Economic Development Corporation. The project will include a 1800 SF single family home with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It will also include an attached garage with a 600+ S.F. in-laws apartment. The home is considered a Zero Energy house because of the many energy efficiency features.
Newhall Neighborhood Newsletter-Winter 2016 
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Villano Park Dedication and Opening Set For November 6th 
Monday, September 28, 2015
The Town of Hamden is pleased to announce that Villano Park (formerly known as Milrock Park) will be dedicated and opened to the public on November 6th 2015 at 2PM. The completion of the park culminates several years of planning and a year of construction. Rochford Field is also nearing completion. Rochford Field will be open for baseball in the spring of 2016.

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