West Haven residents eager for The Haven project to start

New Haven

Graffiti, trash and illegal dumping are taking over the future site of the upscale shopping mall, The Haven. Jaedin Falcone told News 8,  “It’s looking like a trash town on this side.” Paul Popielarczyk told News 8, “It’s really unfortunate people gotta do that.”

West Haven residents are eager to see construction start.  Falcone said, “I haven’t really seen much happen. I’ve only seen stuff like this. Just everything shut down. Local businesses have taken a hit from it and not much progress has been made yet.”

The city told the developer completed the site acquisitions which was the last piece of the puzzle. Fred A. Messore, Commissioner of Planning & Development said, “There’s some planning that has to be done which we are working on with the developer with our different internal departments. Police department, fire department, public works.”

The city will close major roadways like Water Street when demolition is ready to start. Messore said, “We are all eager to see it. they pumped 30 million dollars into this project already. I know they are eager to move forward and now that they have all the approvals from the city side and the state side.”

The city says they want to project to get going as much as residents do. Messore added, “It’s going to be a destination. Not just for West Haveners creating jobs in West Haven but it’s going to be a regional destination location.”

Paul Popielarczyk told News 8, “We are excited about it. I am. I think it’s a good thing for the city. It will help the tax revenue too so let’s just hope they can get it started here very quick.” Falcone added, “I’m not looking forward to the traffic but definitely the shop and stuff. Why not it would save me the trip from going to Clinton.”

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