Funding Coming To New Haven

October 6, 2023

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Dear Neighbor,
Today, the State Bonding Commission met and passed millions of dollars in funding for New Haven. As House Chair of the Transportation Committee and Chair of the Transportation Bonding Committee, I am thrilled by today’s State Bond Commission’s approval of a variety of transformative public infrastructure investments in and around New Haven.

You can read all about the projects below:

  • $15 million for improvements to New Haven Union Station under the 2021 Let’s Go! transportation investment program. These funds will specifically be used for the design of three enhancement projects to the property, including a new multimodal hub, parking structure, and rental car facility in the West Lot; Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the existing East Lot; and the realignment of Union Avenue near Union Station to enhance traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian safety. The plan for redeveloping the 100-year-old Union Station can be found here.  

  • $7 million to support projects for the Whalley Avenue corridor, including $1 million to transform Whalley Avenue from a car-oriented avenue into a walkable, bikeable, and livable mixed-use community and $6 million for the Glendower/St. Luke’s Development Corporation affordable housing development project. 

  • $5.8 million for the New Haven Downtown Roadway Drainage Project to improve drainage and reduce flooding on Union Avenue. This will provide a partial match for a $25 million federal FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant. 

  • $4.99 million for upgrades to the Shubert Theatre's theatrical systems, HVAC, and elevator. The funding will support the creation of new performance space within the existing facility to provide a stage for local artists and community activity. 

  • $4.6 million for downtown mobility improvements in the vicinity of the New Haven Green, including the Temple Street common space to be shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, and low-speed motor vehicles, streetscaping along College Street, converting another section of Chapel Street to two-way traffic, and raised intersections. 

  • $3.11 million for Albertus Magnus College renovations and improvements to Celentano Field, including turf, ADA compliant bleachers and sidewalks, bike racks and public restrooms, as well as an expansion at Ralph Walker Skating Rink. 

  • $3 million for pre-development activities and demolition of the former Gateway Community College in support of the implementation of the City’s Long Wharf Plan on Sargent Drive. More about the Long Wharf Plan can be found here. 

  • $2.3 million to help build a new 4.5-mile section of the Shoreline Greenway Trail from Long Wharf in New Haven to the East Haven town line. 

  • $950,000 for the New Haven Jewish Community Council Housing Corporation to renovate the senior living community The Towers at Tower Lane. 

  • $250,000 to advance community-based planning that will support the redevelopment of the Goffe Street Armory. 

The projects and initiatives funded by the State Bond Commission today are transformative investments that will help drive local economic growth, modernize our public transportation infrastructure, build and maintain affordable housing, improve our parks and recreational facilities, uplift our neighborhoods, and enhance the quality of life of New Haven residents. 

As always, please feel free to contact me to share your ideas and concerns.

Roland Lemar
State Representative

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