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HIGHWOOD SQUARE OPEN HOUSE A GREAT SUCCESS!

7/18/2013



HIGHWOOD SQUARE OPEN HOUSE A GREAT SUCCESS!


           

An open house was successfully held on June 13th, complete with a cookout and tours of the residential and commercial spaces at Highwood Square the $10 million dollar mixed-use project located in the heart of the Highwood community in Hamden. NeighborWorks New Horizons and the Towns Economic and Community Development Department collaborated on the event.


The event was a celebration of the new found vibrancy for the area. The idea behind it was to share the progress of this important development with the public, to celebrate and acknowledge the participation of all of the funders and to show what opportunities remain at this important location. There is approximately 8,000 s.f. available for lease.


      

Highwood Square, formerly the home of the Johnson Perfume Factory had become a blighted and abandoned property after a devastating fire. After nearly ten years of planning, grants funding and redevelopment, the artist housing and commercial space at Highwood Square opened two years ago. The second chance afforded to this area is now doing the same for its residents.


For Kristina Zallinger, art runs in her blood. In addition to Zallinger, her parents and all of her siblings are artists. Her father painted the murals at the Peabody Museum in New Haven and worked for Life Magazine. Her brother is a professor at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and has art permanently featured at Yale. Prior to moving to Highwood Square, Zallinger took various non-artistry positions to make ends meet while living in less than ideal situations in New Haven.


Looking for somewhere to focus on her art as well as affordable housing, Zallinger moved to Hamden because of this “wonderful building.” “I love my apartment and this [studio] is really incredible,” said Zallinger. She works in her studio, which also happens to be her first, for a couple hours each day. She is also currently the only Highwood Square resident that also rents a studio. Her work was on display at thNew Haven Public Library till July 3rd.


Currently all 27 residential spaces are taken at Highwood Square. In addition to the residential spaces there are two commercial businesses: Hamden Family Dental and Frontier Financial Group as well as several spaces leased to working artist spaces for painting sculpture etc. Several of the residents also produce art from within their apartments.

           The tenants are also looking forward to sharing their space with more commercial     tenants. Deborah De Loatch-Hogan, senior associate at Frontier Financial Group, Inc agreed saying, “That’s going to be nice [getting new commercial residents]. These businesses are really going to anchor the neighborhood and make this a nice business area.”


          De Loatch-Hogan is one of the first to use the commercial spaces, and has been in the building for a year now. She was initially drawn to the complex due to its ample parking and some of the amenities that come with the building. “What I was drawn to more than anything was that there was parking, it was well lit and I’ve always felt safe,” said De Loatch-Hogan.


Much like Zallinger, De Loatch-Hogan couldn’t say enough about the area, “It worked out great, we love our space. It reflects us. We’re happy here.”


For more information on the residents written about in this article, please view their websites:


http://www.kristinazallinger.com/index.php


For more information on the availability of the Highwood Square commercial and artist space, please contact Fred Messore at Colonial Properties at 203-795-8060 or fred@colprop.com


For more more information on the Hamden Economic and Community Development Department, please contact Dale Kroop, Director at (203) 287-7033 or dkroop@hamden.com


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