HUB DEMOLITION COMPLETION AND OPENS "GREEN SPACE" TO PUBLIC
Meriden, CT, October 30, 2007 — On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 the City of Meriden held a public event to celebrate the completion of the HUB demolition project and to officially open the site to the public.
At the event, Mayor Mark Benigni recognized the primary project sponsors and other individuals that have played a key role in the project. “This project has been a true partnership between various levels of government. We are grateful to the state and federal governments, as well as to our City leaders, for investing in this phase of the HUB project. Today, the building is down, the site is cleared, and the grass is growing. This accomplishment marks a giant step towards the transformation of the site into a downtown green with surrounding economic development.”
Mayor Benigni was joined by special guest speakers Joan McDonald, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and Gina McCarthy, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Members of the State Legislative Delegation, the Meriden City Council, the Meriden Flood Control Implementation Agency, and the HUB Reuse Committee were also recognized.
Since 2005, the City of Meriden has received over $2.9 million in federal, state and local funds for the project. Grants have included $2 million from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to demolish the commercial buildings and clear the site for reuse, $250,000 from DECD for site reuse planning, $502,430 from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup, Flood Control and Demolition activities, in-kind assistance from the US EPA and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection for Site Assessment, and $176,150 from the City of Meriden for Engineering Services.
Now that the demolition is complete, the City intends to implement plans to daylight the underground Harbor Brook and create flood control infrastructure on the site that is needed to eliminate downtown flooding. Future plans call for the site to be transformed into a downtown green with transit oriented economic development.
The City of Meriden, population of 58,244 (2000), provides its residents with a livable, affordable and diverse community, while delivering a wide variety of services to its residents. For more information, contact: Peggy Brennan (email), phone 203 630-4152 or go to www.cityofmeriden.org.