NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A piece of history in New Haven is being brought back in a community boat house.
In 2009, the historic Adee boathouse was demolished to make room for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge. On Monday, at a groundbreaking celebration, there were details of a new boat house, part of a five-decade long project.
Bringing back one of New Haven's greatest natural resources has been a top priority for years.
"The best way to move forward is to work with everyone else in the boat," said DeLauro.
With that team work, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Mayor John DeStefano are proud to announce the construction of the Boathouse at Canal Dock. It will be used for public access to the waterfront.
"We argued as did the mayor that it should reflect the history, the design of the original building, respect the waterfront and benefit the community and that's what this effort is about," said DeLauro.
The original boathouse, the Adee house was first used for Yale's crew team. It stood for almost 100 years, but was taken down in 2009 to make way for major construction along I-95.
The new boathouse will be completely funded by state and federal government.
"We expect within a year to have the deck complete, the project to build the building will go out to bid in the spring, and hopefully what emerges is a great public resource to compliment this wonderful waterfront," said DeStefano.
The building will be two stories used for boat storage, meeting rooms, offices, and locker rooms. The University of New Haven will also bring a portion of their Marine Science program there. The city of New Haven will own the boathouse, but it will be operated by a non-profit called the Canal Dock Corporation.
"I think from boating to birding, from arts to education..there are plenty of ways this facility can be used to generate excitement," said John Pescatore, Canal Dock Corporation.
The goal is to have the boat house project complete and open to the public in about two years.
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