West Haven residents wondering when ‘The Haven’ project will get underway


Some West Haven residents are fired up that “The Haven” development project hasn’t gotten off the ground.

It’s been in the works for years on Water Street, but there’s been few signs of progress.

With the recent fires, blight, vandalism and illegal dumping, neighbors are worried it will never get going.

Eddie Jendrzewski said, “When is it going to happen? Every month you hear ‘it’s coming, it’s coming,’ so is Christmas.”

Ronald Montague said, “If you are going to build it, build it. If not, give the money back and get someone in here that will do something because that’s a lot of property down there going to waste.”

Councilman Aaron Charney said he’s frustrated that the developers didn’t come to the city council meeting this week. He said there needs to be a firm deadline on the start date.

Councilman Charney said, “We’ve been living with blight. We’ve been living with vandalism going on. We’ve had two fires, it’s a safety issue. You’ve been disrupting us enough, we need answers.” 

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Edia Reyes added, “That has been there for over two years already and we have not seen any progress whatsoever, even we had two fires in the area, so it must be caused by the fact that it’s empty.” 

Jendrzewski said, “They’ve got to tear it down so there is no more blight.”

Montague stated, “They bought all these peoples’ homes and we don’t see any progress.”

Mayor Nancy Rossi said the developers need clearance through the Department of Transportation before they can begin the demolition.”

It’s approval from the DOT, then the roads closing. They have to be closed because you can’t secure a construction site without having everything closed. Nobody going in and out of there,” said Mayor Rossi. 

Some residents said the developers need to give them an update on the project. 

Tyler Powers said, “Just to let us know it’s actually happening instead of just kicking people out of their own homes that they lived in.”

Montague added, “If they need help, work with the city don’t say you are going to do something and not do it.”

Some said residents they want the developers to include them in the process.

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