Meriden on the Rise with New Transit-Oriented Development Projects

October 31, 2017

Meriden is truly on the rise. Several transit-oriented development projects are either completed or underway and include new residential units, commercial and retail space and the 14-acre Meriden Green, as well as demolition projects to make the city more attractive.

At the recent Downtown Meriden Rising event, we were presented with the city’s transit-oriented development plans for the downtown. The program seeks to transform the half-mile area into a vibrant neighborhood that includes new residential and commercial development, public spaces and improved access to public transportation.

Construction of Meriden Commons I is moving right along. Across from the Meriden Green at Mill and State streets, this is a major improvement project being done by the city. It is in close proximity to the improved train station and the rail line connecting Meriden to both Hartford and New Haven. Completion is expected by the end of April 2018.

Meriden Commons I is a mixed-use building of about 100,000 square feet, consisting of 75 residential units and about 5,000 square feet of retail space. It will be very energy efficient and include a solar roof. Community amenities will include a community room and fitness center.

Charlie Adams, regional vice president of Pennrose Properties, the developer, said restaurants and daycare facilities are also envisioned for the downtown area. He said the transit-oriented development when finished will consist of three major projects – Meriden I, Meriden II and Meriden On The Green.

The aim is to rejuvenate the area and breathe new life into and build up the downtown area of Meriden, he said.

“The three main elements of what is happening here are the train station improvements, the Meriden Green, which has been completed, and the demolition of the Meriden Mills public housing buildings,” he said. “These three components are part of the overall plan for this area.”

Meriden Commons I is a four-story building and the entire façade will be of glass to make it very inviting, Adams said.

“The corner entrance to the building may have a coffee shop or some other type of retail or commercial use, which will serve as the entrance to the building. Above will be all residential. The first floor will be mainly commercial with some residential and will have a “generous size community room,” Adams said. Also on the first floor will be a computer room, library and development office. “We’re really excited about this for the City of Meriden,” he said.

“We’re trying to build on the amenities already in the area and the great work that the City of Meriden and the Housing Authority have already done,” Adams said.