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Plan Advances For Coliseum Site
by Staff | Oct 22, 2013 8:06 am
Posted to: Business/ Economic Development, Housing, Downtown
Years after it collapsed in a cloud of dust, the Coliseum may live again. Or, “LiveWorkLearnPlay” again.
That’s the name of a Canadian company that the city has proposed to take over the old Coliseum site and construct a new $360 million mixed-use development.
On Monday night the Board of Aldermen officially received a proposed land disposition agreement between the city and LiveWorkLearnPlay. The agreement lays out the terms of the development deal.
The agreement is headed now to an aldermanic committee, where it will be the subject of a public hearing before an eventual vote by the full Board of Aldermen.
The new development would be a phased, mixed-use, and mixed income, according to a release from the city. It would include retail, residential, and office space, along with “community gathering space,” a hotel, and underground parking.
The agreement calls for attracting over 35 new small to mid-sized permanent businesses and up to 20 seasonal incubator businesses, along with a mix of housing options including affordable, workforce and market-rate housing for individuals and families,” the release states. “In addition, the project will generate approximately 4,700 construction jobs during the seven to 10 years of project build-out beginning in 2014, and between 2,800 permanent jobs during full operation.”
“The agreement submitted to the Board of Alderman represents the culmination of over two years of work engaging city and state leaders and – more importantly – the residents of New Haven,” Mayor John DeStefano stated in the release. “This project will create significant tax revenues for the City and create both construction and permanent jobs. The project will have a long term effect of revitalizing an underutilized area within the central business district as well as helping to create the conditions necessary for future commercial development throughout the city.”
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Can anyone answer: What will happen to the all the train parking served by the lot where construction will occur? Does the city or developer have a plan for all the displaced commuters who commute out of New Haven everyday and depend (and pay big money) to park in that lot?
Seven to ten years? Driving on that side of town is going to be hell for another decade, good grief.
Do we know if the MBE regs for local contractors will be followed so that some of these jobs go to our plumbers, electricians, sheet rockers, etc?
secondly, is the Land disposition agreement available online for the public to review?
@WestvilleAdovocate re: new train station parking.
More than 60 days ago, the Governor promised that “the state will send out a request for proposals for a new parking garage at Union Station in the next 60 days.” Don’t know what’s up with that now.
I’m glad to see this move forward… a shame it’ll take so long and construction is such a pain, though, but glad it’ll hopefully come one way or another.
posted by: Josh Levinson on October 22, 2013 9:44am
Curious if this project will lead to the city finally starting to pony up some cash for the second parking garage and other improvements to Union Station. Wasn’t there supposed to be retail there at some point? What happened to that whole plan?
A month or two ago, the feds approved the grant to finally construct a second parking garage for Union Station. I assume the garage will add substantially more spaces than are taken away from the surface lot.
Yeah! Finally a plan to do something with this eyesore. Again it sucks that it will take so long and traffic will be a pain but hopefully it will be worth it in the end!
posted by: Kevin on October 22, 2013 11:01am
Given that the site is a parking lot, I suspect that the construction will have little effect on traffic until the project begins its last phase. The loss of the parking spaces, on the other hand, will have an impact, particularly in the early phases while drivers figure out parking alternatives.
The surface parking lot at the Coliseum site is a temporary condition. Now that Live Work Learn Play has put forward an exceptional redevelopment proposal, we cannot let the interim condition drive the discussion. Significant efforts are being made across the community to reduce our overall demand for off-street parking.
Major employers have worked to reduce their parking demand through transit and carpool programs. Many employers have added dedicated bike storage and shower facilities and TTP continues to roll out new bike lanes every year.
The Board of Aldermen established the Parking and Transit Working Group in 2013. PARK New Haven, Yale, Yale-New Haven Hospital and many community members participated in that process.
PARK New Haven is more accurately forecasting future parking demand in the medical district. This is important because the Hill-to-Downtown Community Plan includes recommendations for a second garage at Union Station and a reuse concept for many of the surface lots located along Lafayette Street and Congress Avenue. This district can accommodate another 3,000 jobs but we need to free up land now used as surface parking otherwise we will never get close to achieving that level of economic growth.
Likewise, since Union Station is a significant economic development resource, we (meaning the City and the community) should continue to advocate to CDOT for a comprehensive transit oriented and mixed-use development at the station and not just another large parking garage.
Josh Levinson: info here—