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·         Business Incubator (corner of Morse and Newhall), an HEDC project: The project is under construction to convert the building into the incubator for up to 20 businesses. This phase will be completed around 4/1/19. HEDC will begin marketing in September before accepting tenants. All tenants must have a written business plan and will be provided with business mentoring services and opportunities for collaboration. “We are expecting that the Hamden Business Incubator will have a variety of tenants, including start-ups and existing home based businesses. The Hamden Business Incubator will not include retail but will include light manufacturing and different types of technology and service businesses. We will work very closely with them to insure their greatest chance of success”, stated Dale Kroop, Executive Director of the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.  

·         Abatement and demolition of the auditorium (HEDC project) at the former middle school. The abatement is completed and the demolition of the building will commence in the coming weeks. The building and almost everything around it, including the connecting hallway to the main building, will be gone by the end of July.

·         Demo of the cafeteria in the former middle school: The Cafeteria will be abated and demolished down to the foundation by the end of the summer.

Note, both the demo of those two buildings are part of the approved plan for the Mutual Housing Association. 

·         Remediation by the RWA also continues this summer at the former Hamden Middle School: In July the RWA, will complete a major portion of the mandated remediation at the middle school. They will complete the front portion of the property, which is needed to complete the consent order but also to allow the developer to move forward with their grant applications and redevelopment. The rear and final part of the remediation is a 2019 project. Beginning sometime in July, there will be fence erected on site around the parameter and everything will be taken down and out except the circular driveway. The soil will be removed will be replaced with clean fill and grass. All of this will be in accordance with the State approved Remediation Action Plan or RAP.

At the end of all of the remediation at the middle school, the site will be cleaned up significantly and the developer will hopefully begin their project later in 2019 and finish 2020-21.

“All of these projects have been a long time coming and once completed will make the neighborhood safer for future development”, stated Dale Kroop from the Hamden Economic Development Corporation, the project manager for each of these projects.

For further updates and information, contact the project local manager for these projects, Dale Kroop at dkroop@hamden.com


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Web Page: http://www.hamdeneconomicdevelopment.org/

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