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Highwood Square Breaks Ground
Hamden- NeighborWorks® New Horizons is pleased to announce that the groundbreaking ceremony for Highwood Square at 943-965 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden was held Tuesday, April 28, 2009. City, State and local dignitaries gathered together for what will become the 17th NeighborWorks® New Horizons development in Connecticut.
The Highwood Square Project will create 27 units of affordable artist housing in Hamden's Highwood neighborhood. The Highwood neighborhood is the focus of revitalization efforts along Hamden's southern border. The neighborhood is traversed by the newest section of the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway, which when completed, will offer a bicycling and hiking greenway from New Haven to Amherst, Massachusetts. Revitalization efforts for the Town of Hamden are being handled the Economic & Community Development Department. “This is the first of many good days to come. We can’t wait to see this project rise from the ground”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic and Community Development for the Town of Hamden.
In addition to the 27 affordable artist housing units, Highwood Square has 11,400 square feet of retail space located in two renovated historic structures. These buildings are part of the Highwood Square Manufacturing District, which was placed on the State Registry of Historic Places in October 2008. Completion and occupancy is scheduled for July 2010.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Joan McDonald, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD) who was the featured guest speaker. During her tenure at the department, Commissioner McDonald has been a leader in the development and implementation of Governor Rell’s responsible growth and brownfield redevelopment agendas. DECD has committed $2.75 million to the Highwood Square project.
NeighborWorks® New Horizons is a non-profit corporation that develops and operates 254 affordable housing units in New Haven County. One of the keys to their success has been the onsite enrichment programs provided to residents. These programs are designed to help residents achieve self-determined goals and milestones. Programs range in content from financial education to youth programs.
NeighborWorks® New Horizons has plans for adding 269 more units of affordable housing in Connecticut, with 52 units presently in construction. Their leadership team is headed by Seila Mosquera, executive director and Naveed Sobhan, board president.
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