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Centerville Lumber is Ready for its Debut 
Friday, July 20, 2018
Hamden is starting to show some noticeable changes. The former Centerville Lumber site has many buildings that are almost complete. Amity Physical Therapy is officially opened in the old Centerville Lumber building. The new location is on 2320 Whitney Ave and is 32,000 square feet. To take a virtual tour of the new Amity Physical Therapy building in Hamden, please go to www.amitypt.com/hamden/ Roost, a new restaurant owned by Eli’s Restaurant Group, is scheduled to open August 8th of this year. This restaurant is dedicated to creating the ultimate chicken sandwich, but the menu is not just limited to sandwiches. Roost also offers salads, grain bowls, and milkshakes for people who want to satisfy their sweet tooth The Residence Inn by Marriott is still under construction, but will be finished by the summer of 2019
Modern Thrift - Redefining Thrift... 
Friday, July 13, 2018
For twenty years, Sue Kuselias and Jodee Webb, sister-in-laws and long time Hamden residents, have been conjuring up the store of their dreams. They knew it had to be beautiful, charming, affordable and a place they would want to hang out. They seriously considered opening a store way back when but then they quickly remembered that they had a combined total of 6 small kiddies between the two of them, so it probably wasn’t the most opportune time.
Former Hamden Middle School Auditorium Demolition Begins 
Friday, July 13, 2018
On Tuesday July 10th demolition began at the location of the former Hamden Middle School in anticipation of Mutual Housing’s proposed Spring Rose Garden Project. This project will provide 87 mixed-income units and a new community center. When it was discovered that the building and surrounding neighborhood were built on a former landfill and contamination was found, a significant remediation project began and continues today under the Newhall Consent Order. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation, a 501c4 not-for-profit corporation, was assigned the responsibility to raise the grant funding to manage the abatement and demolition of two buildings on the site. The abatement and demolition of the auditorium will be completed within the next 3 weeks. Immediately following this project will be the demolition of the former cafeteria, which will likely be completed by the fall. “This demolition has been a long time in the making and we are very excited for the start of construction on the affordable housing development. I think it will be a great asset for the neighborhood while also greatly enhancing the economy of Hamden”, stated Dale Kroop, Executive Director of Hamden Economic Development Corporation.
Sherman Heights Bakery Brings More Sweets and Eats to Hamden 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The Town of Hamden will welcome a new location for a familiar business in the near future. After opening its initial baked goods production facility in 1998 in Hamden, Sherman Heights Bakery is planning to open a retail bakery storefront at 2784 Whitney Avenue in 2019. The 860 square foot house will be converted into a bakery and will allow residents to purchase the daily breakfast sandwich or cupcake. The owner of Sherman Heights Bakery, Sylvester (Sal) Botte, has been in the business for over twenty years and is thrilled about the opening of the storefront. “We’re looking forward to the opening. We’ve been on Sherman Ave for twenty years. We’ve had sort of a following and this new storefront will certainly put us out there again.” All production will continue at the 935 Sherman Avenue location, as it has been for over two decades. The business expansion has not gone unnoticed by the Town. After Botte’s request to convert the 860 square foot property into a bakery, the Town agreed to provide a small grant for site improvements through the Town’s Business Incentive Program. Also through the program, the Town waived a portion of the building permit fees. Additionally, the Town has provided Botte a fixed property assessment period of three years for the new storefront.
Focus on Small Business: The Public Adjuster 
Friday, June 22, 2018
The Town of Hamden is pleased to focus this month on one of Hamden’s more successful small businesses The Public’s Adjuster. The Public’s Adjuster, owned by Todd Moler, opened its doors in Hamden in July of 2011 at the location of the iconic former Kamp and Neilson building at 2935 Dixwell Avenue across from Town Hall. The Public Adjuster’s office could not be located in a better spot. It is at a vital intersection at the corner of Dixwell and Whitney. Coming from either of these two major roads it is hard to miss. The Public’s Adjuster is recognized by the Connecticut Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (CAPIA) and is a member of the Better Business Bureau, receiving an A+ rating. According to their website: “The mission of The Public’s Adjuster LLC is to support and represent the interests of individuals filing insurance claims, to help them receive a fair and accurate settlement”. Todd’s business currently employs 15 people and he is in the process of adding one more. He believes that locating his business in Hamden has been the key to its success because the town provides a good business environment. “It’s a big town and a small town at the same time”. As an independent company, Todd’s business represents the interests of insurance policy holders and fights for proper compensation for their insurance claims. Moler owned his own antique home restoration company for 15 years and then went on to work in the insurance industry as a high-value property adjuster for 16 years. Near the end of his time working for the insurance carrier, he began to argue against some of the company’s decisions. He had enough and decided to leave the company to represent individuals and fight against the very people he used to work for. During his time in the insurance industry Todd realized that while he was representing the insurance company in the claims that clients brought forward, they did not have any representation and nobody was looking out for their interests. With this realization Todd started his business, The Public’s Adjuster.
Hamden High DECA Program Success at State & International Competitions 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Hamden High School again has demonstrated the success of their impeccable program after winning top honors at the State and International level. Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA for short, is an international organization that “prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world”. The program offers a real hands-on approach to learning and prepares students for success in both college and in their future careers. Along with competitions, the Hamden program runs a school store that helps to raise money for charity. The faculty leader of the program, Bryan Anderson, says that the program “lets the students come out with a solid basic background in business studies so that they are more prepared when they go off to college”. Bryan started off working for GE working in a management training program. He was about to get a big promotion when he decided to become an educator. When Hamden started the DECA program 20 years ago, they offered Bryan a position. Since he took control, Hamden High School has found a lot of success. In the time that Hamden High has offered DECA, 367 students have won at the state level and the program has even achieved 2 First Place awards at the international level. Around the world, 19,000 high school students presented their projects across 50 different events.
Very Busy Summer in the Highwood/Newhall Community 
Friday, June 15, 2018
The Town is getting ready for a busy summer at the old middle school. There will be significant progress made in the community on several approved projects. “Our goal is to ensure, to the best of our ability, that the public knows there will be a lot of positive progress made in the Highwood/Newhall neighborhoods this summer. We plan to have letters sent out to all households in the neighborhood notifying residents of upcoming work and expected community improvements.” said Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng.
Article-Community Lending and the Startup Slump in CT 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
This is a great article by Hamden’s Armando Rodriguez or arod (ee cummings style) to his friends, who is the Chair and Professor of the Economics Department at the University of New Haven. He is also advisor to the UNH Economics Collective. In addition to his always entertaining writing style, arod makes some spot on points in his latest article for the Collective about the power of Community Banks and to us economic developers more importantly, how overlooked (my opinion) really small businesses are. Over 70% of Hamden’s businesses has under 10 employees and over 80% with under 20 employees. We have developed a Solopreneur (i.e. home based business) Cluster http://www.hamden-ct.com/Content/Business_Cluster_Program.asp
Manufacturing Company in Hamden Expands 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
J.F.D Tube & Coil Products purchases second building for production expansion J.F.D. Tube & Coil has specialized in manufacturing quality heat transfer equipment since 1983. They take pride in their ability to manufacture quality tube bundles, heat exchangers, coils, and other heat transfer equipment. They have been located in the Hamden Business Park for over 25 years. For further information about J.F.D. Tube & Coil, go to their web page at http://www.jfdcoil.com/. “This is great news to hear that manufacturing has continued to grow in Hamden. It’s important to have a good workforce that can help make these companies successful. Our initiatives in workforce development may prove to be the most important thing we can do for these industries”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization.
Hamden Retail and Shopping Center Update 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Despite the challenges in the retail and shopping center marketplace, Hamden has been getting positive news about its’ largest shopping centers. “We are seeing continued interest in the Magic Mile and interest at Putnam Plaza in terms of alternative uses that will be good in the long run for the tax base and residents”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization. The grand opening of Aldi at the Hamden Mart is set for April 12th at 9am, while the moving of the Wine Merchant next to Aldi will be in the summer of 2018. The space left by the wine store as well as remaining space from Bon Ton are under discussion for future leasing by Kimco Realty (https://www.kimcorealty.com/), the owner of the Hamden Mart. A new Sketchers Outlet Store will come to the Hamden Plaza in the space downsized by Marshalls several years ago. Here is the web page of the outlet store in Clinton https://local.skechers.com/ct/clinton/151/. We anticipate the store being open late in 2018/ early 2019. Pokemoto Hawaiian Restaurant https://www.pokemoto.com/ opened recently at the former Froyo World, location at the Plaza.

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