New Haven Mayor Toni Harp said, “This property had been allowed to fall into disrepair over many years and the residents here were the ones caught in the middle of a bad situation.”
Mayor Harp added, “301 residential units in 22 separate buildings along with a couple of nonresidential buildings were cleared out and prepared for demolition.”
This comes after the city inspected the apartments and found that people weren’t living in safe and secure housing.
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Latonya Roberts told News 8, “From what I heard, it wasn’t livable. There was a lot of mold. It just wasn’t livable.” Deputy Economic Development Administrator with the City of New Haven, Michael Piscitelli said, “Those inspections is what lead to and kicked off the process of the relocation here.”
It was a two-year massive relocation process. The city worked to find over 250 families a new place to live.
One man told News 8, “It doesn’t look good to be across from the train station.”
The property owner said new housing will sit on the 13 acres of land across from Union Station. The plan includes 300 affordable units.
Josephine Falcon said, “I think it will bring up the area and it’s best for this area because of the train station.”
People said they would like to see something nice go up.
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Michael Singarella added, “Some kind of shopping mall, strip mall. Some restaurants. Maybe a hotel for people that are coming off the train and are stuck here.”
Falcon added, “I’m thinking either townhouses, condominiums or something having to do with people getting off the train are able to stay here.”
Some residents said the city needs more affordable housing.
Latonya Roberts added, “I hope they do something positive with it.”
Sammantha Mancuso told News 8, “As long as everyone who needs housing is able to get housing, that’s what I find is the most important issue.”