The City of New Haven is implementing a $20+ million redevelopment of the historic River Street section of Fair Haven. The project includes acquisition of brownfields; restoration / adaptive reuse of historic buildings; development of a new waterfront park; reconstruction of the public infrastructure; and establishment of new design standards to create an appealing and sustainable environment along the Quinnipiac River. The City has identified 25 acres for acquisition, remediation and sale to eligible businesses. Upon full plan implementation, 300 new jobs are projected. To date, the City of New Haven, the State of Connecticut, the US Economic Development Administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency and private concerns have invested in this project
|River Street MDP, with (A) adaptive reuse of the mill spaces; (B) new infill construction, and (C) the waterfront park|
Project Summary. In 2002, the Economic Development and City Plan Departments prepared, and the New Haven Development Commission approved, the River Street Municipal Development Plan (MDP) Click here for a copy of the full plan. The plan’s objectives include: the redevelopment of vacant land and buildings; the restoration / adaptive reuse of historic buildings; the development of a waterfront park; the improvement of the public infrastructure; and the implementation of standards to create an appealing and sustainable environment. The project area, historically used for commercial and industrial purposes, is set between two major parks and contains an industrial historic district consisting of late 19th and early 20th century buildings. Within this area, the plan identifies 25 acres consisting of 11 properties, which the city will acquire, remediate if needed, and dispose of to eligible businesses and developers. The plan sets strict standards that will assure tasteful and responsible development of designated sites, and provides for assistance to existing commercial and industrial property owners in improving their buildings. Renovation and adaptive reuse of the historic buildings, including the Bigelow Boiler manufacturing complex, is a key goal of the plan. Artist live/work spaces and professional offices are well suited to this site.
The plan also calls for extensive public improvements in the project area, including the reconstruction of River Street and the installation of sidewalks, signage and street trees along it, similar renovation of side streets, repair and replacement of bulkheads, the creation of a 50-foot, landscaped pedestrian walkway along the Quinnipiac River linking Front Street Park and Criscuolo Park and construction of a fishing dock.
Status. The city has invested over $10.0 million in this project and has made consistent progress in achieving the goals laid out in the River Street Municipal Development Project Plan. The following accomplishments have been made over the past six years:
A vision for River Street. The image on the upper left, which includes Hess and the Bigelow sites, was the existing condition as seen from the Quinnipiac River. The scrap yard and oil tanks were recently cleared from the site. The image on the lower right is a conceptual rendering of a mixed use future, as offered by Rutgers University professor Anton Neleeson.
Marketing. Please share your ideas and proposals for River Street with Helen Rosenberg of the City’s Economic Development Office at (203) 946-5889.. Click here for a copy of the City’s current marketing brochure.