Dale Kroop, Director
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State Street Experiences Continued Economic Progress
Amidst National Fiscal Turmoil, Once Neglected Neighborhood Continues Strong Comeback.
It was only ten years ago that State Street and the surrounding area was completely stagnant. Abandoned industrial buildings and a lack of code enforcement and commitment to clean up the area severely diminished the potential of the area to recruit new businesses and retain the few that remained.
During this time companies such as Porcelen SPECRAIL, EZ Form Cable Company, Litchfield Builders, Central Auto Exchange, Bell Symons, Continental Contracting, HAVCO Comfort Fittings, and Tripeg Film Studio moved into the State Street neighborhood. Many of these companies utilized the Town of Hamden’s Business Incentive Program, which offers tax abatement incentives, low-interest loan programs, and technical assistance through its Economic and Community Development Office. The economic growth that these companies produce is not limited to their own industry clusters “It is well known that for every manufacturing job you create, you create or impact three others” stated Dale Kroop, the Director of Economic and Community Development for the Town of Hamden. Additionally, new housing developments such as Hamden Farms, Rivers Edge, and Strawberry Hills have been built. As the State Street Revitalization project enters its next stages, the most recent projects are nearing completion.
State Street was chosen as the site for the new State of Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Bus Garage. When the $107 Million project is completed in early 2011, the 250,000 square foot bus garage will be moving its three hundred person workforce to Hamden. According to Kroop “The DOT Bus Garage will have a major impact on the local retail services economy. Over two shifts, employees of the garage will patronize local restaurants, coffee shops, and gas stations. It should create good traffic for small business.”
Other news includes the upgraded ownership of Limon’s, a local grocery store located adjacent to a Dunkin’ Donuts. Although Limon’s has outlasted all grocery stores in recent years, it has consolidated its management and is poised for a new investment in equipment and products. These improvements will include new refrigeration and an updated selection of meat and produce. State Street is a great example that with a little bit of investment and an intelligent strategy for drawing businesses to the area, any neighborhood has the potential to provide quality goods and services to its residents, even in the most fiscally turbulent times.
Equally exciting is the streetscape improvements on State Street that were recently completed. The Town of Hamden has now completed the final part of one phase in the “Municipal Development Plan” (MDP) in the State Street area. Other MDP activities have been completed in recent years with a $2.7 million dollar investment by the Town of Hamden and the State of Connecticut governments. They included sewer, water, and other infrastructure improvements on Welton Street.
For further information on State Street activities and the Town of Hamden’s Business Incentive Program, contact Dale Kroop at (203) 287-7033 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get further information on the Town of Hamden’s Economic Development Website at http://www.hamden-ct.com.
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