City hopes to give Mill River district the business
NEW HAVEN Â— ThereÂ’s more to commercial New Haven than downtown, and local political and business leaders gathered July 24 at a once-dilapidated building to demonstrate their commitment to reinvigorating areas beyond the city center.
The Powerhouse Building at 458 Grand Avenue, which developer Amodio acquired from the city for just $1 two years ago.
Their target was the Mill River commercial district where, city officials say, millions of dollars in unrealized revenue can be mined through strategic additions.
The seminal focus of this rebirthing effort is the Powerhouse Building at 458 Grand Avenue. ThatÂ’s where economic and community development strategists, including Mayor John DeStefano Jr., convened for a press conference to announce its refurbishment. The 112-year-old structure is expected to occupied later this year with dozens of tenants. The plan calls for other parts of the district to be similarly reincarnated as development initiatives advance.
Â“When we think of jobs and wealth creation in New Haven we tend to think of downtown,Â” said DeStefano, citing large-scale employers such as Yale University, Yale-New Haven Hospital and the relocating Alexion Pharmaceuticals.
Â“But weÂ’re also in a place here. This is a district that has some 3,000 jobs,Â” DeStefano continued. Â“[W]e see this as a huge asset.Â”
The Mill River district was historically known for its food products, precision manufacturing and design and construction support businesses, among others.
Soon to be added to that list a colony of professional-medical offices. Building owner Casper Amodio said 42 units will be constructed.
Â“ItÂ’s going to be finished buy tramadol online no prescription the end of the fall,Â” he said.
Already heÂ’s gotten up to 14 requests for space, Amodio added. Two years ago he bought the long-vacant building for just $1. The sale, which was not conducted through the usual public bidding channels, was met with some controversy. AmodioÂ’s supporters stressed his development history. He had successfully revitalized a former Peck Street toy factory (where the popular Erector Set toys were once made) into the bustling, multi-tenant Erector Square complex.
In addition to renovating the building, currently assessed at $212,310, Amodio reportedly agreed to pay for needed environmental clean-up.
The city would like to see the Mill River district thriving with light industry, food and home improvement businesses.
City officials say there are millions of dollars in unmet consumer needs that new companies housed in the district could fill. These include groceries, clothing and shoes, computer hardware, software and supplies, automotive valium generic pet food and supplies, household cleaners, small electric appliances and more.
These findings were among those revealed in a report prepared for buy ambien online no prescription city by Boston-based Utile, a planning and architectural firm, and economic development consultant Ninigret Partners, based in Providence, R.I. They are among participants in a four-part study focusing on Mill River districtÂ’s development potential.
As for the Powerhouse BuildingÂ’s potential, Â“This will be the nucleus of starting the Fair Haven [Mill River District] project,Â” said Amodio about the refurbishment.
DeStefano viewed it as reassertion.
Â“WeÂ’re a city,Â” he said. Â“WeÂ’re not tramadol no prescription a downtown.Â”
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