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Economic Development/Transportation Center Summary


Downtown Meriden

Intermodal Transportation Center

and Transit-Oriented Development Opportunities

 

 

Intermodal Transportation Center

The15-acre HUB site, centrally located in downtown Meriden, is the focus of a multi-million dollar redevelopment effort being led by the City. The City has secured over $2.4 million in State and federal funds to clear the site to prepare the site for economic development opportunities and needed flood control infrastructure.

 

The development of an intermodal transportation center immediately adjacent to HUB site is a key component of this redevelopment effort. It will allow for transit-oriented development opportunities on the HUB site and throughout the downtown area. The intermodal center will not only serve Meridenís existing Amtrak service and  the proposed New Haven to Springfield commuter rail line but will also offer linkages to local bus, taxi and corporate van services. Downtown Meriden has been identified in the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Commuter Rail Implementation Study completed by Wilbur Smith Associates in 2005 for the Connecticut Department of Transportation as a key station stop along the proposed New Haven to Springfield commuter rail line. The intermodal center will provide increased access into and out of the downtown while allowing the City to attract new businesses, commuters and residents to the Cityís center.

 

Transit-Oriented Development Opportunities

The HUB redevelopment concept allows for development of over 150,000 sq ft of office and retail space immediately adjacent to the intermodal center.   In addition, private development opportunities will emerge in adaptive reuse of the soon-to-be vacated Colony Street Post Office Building and other vacant properties along Colony Street.  The City further expects that West Main Street, Pratt Street and the larger downtown will experience significant private reinvestment and commercialization with the advent of commuter rail service along with enhanced demand for new residential development.