State OKs $10M for Dixwell Plaza redo, $3m for Fair Haven Health


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Fair Haven Community Health Care officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the award.

That’s in addition to $10 million the commission authorized for ConnCORP’s estimated $200 million redevelopment of Dixwell Plaza, which will replace the largely empty, deteriorating shopping center in the heart of the Dixwell neighborhood with a new, mixed-use development that includes 150 housing units, 20 percent of which will be “affordable housing,” available at below-market rents.

Erik Clemens, chief executive officer of the Connecticut Community Outreach and Revitalization Program, said at Thursday’s State Bond Commission meeting that the Dixwell Plaza plan will transform the neighborhood.

“Some of you may know that the Dixwell community is a historic Black community that has languished in poverty and disinvestment for decades,” Clemens said, adding that demolition of the existing Dixwell Plaza should begin in June or July of next year.

“We’re going to deliver housing,” Clemens said. “We’re going to deliver a public square, a child care facility, a 15-restaurant food hall, a 60,000-square-foot office tower, townhouses, greenhouses, a 300-seat performing arts center, job-training programs as well as a supermarket.”

Other city projects allocated funds include: 

— $2.13 million for Believe In Me Empowerment Corp. to build eight affordable one-room apartments on Shelton Avenue.

— $1.5 million for the city to renovate 596-598 George St. into two three-family homes.

— $1.09 million for CitySeed to build a 10,000 square-foot  commercial kitchen and food business incubator.

— $1 million to help cover design costs for the New Haven Harbor Improvement Federal Navigation Project. “These funds are requested … to provide grants-in-aid for improvements to various Commissioner’s Network Schools. Projects will include alterations, repairs, improvements, technology and equipment to help address building and site deficiencies, and to promote the health, safety, and learning of the students,” according to the agenda.

—  $780,000 to MATCH Inc. to help fund and outfit a manufacturing training facility with specialized manufacturing equipment.

— $594,938 for improvements to James Hillhouse and Wexler Grant schools. The funds were allocated under a program ​to provide grants-in-aid for
improvements to various Commissioner’s Network Schools. Projects include alterations, repairs, improvements, technology and equipment to help address building and site deficiencies, and to promote the health, safety and learning of the students

— $500,000 for the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen to renovated 266 State St. to create a ​“one-stop social services hub for people experiencing homelessness.”

— $401,810 to reimburse the New Haven Police Department for the costs to buy new body cameras, dash cameras and video storage devices. The commission also approved $41,180 to reimburse the University of New Haven Police Department and $2,425 to reimburse the Gateway Community College Police Department.

— $312,619 for New Reach, which provides services for people without homes, to ​“renovate facilities for greater safety and energy efficiency.”

— $155,000 for the New Haven Jewish Community Council Housing Corporation. 

Previous reporting by Capital Bureau Chief Ken Dixon is included in this story. [email protected]


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