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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rochford Field and Villano Park Project Nearing Completion 
Monday, August 17, 2015
The revitalization of the Newhall/Highwood neighborhood has been a continuing focus of the Town’s economic and community development interests

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