Welcome. President Dave Bechtel opened the meeting and asked everyone to introduce themselves.
Announcements and Committee Updates:
- Connie Matheson announced that the 3rd Annual Whitneyville Branch Library fund raiser was a success, netting $1,873 that will be donated for library materials and activities.
- As per Phase II of our plan, new carpeting has been installed.
- The committee is looking for new members.
Dolan announced that the committee is set to hold concerts on the 3rd
Thursday in June, July, and August in DeNicola Park, with a rain location in
Whitneyville Cultural Commons.
- June – Jazz
- July – Sing Along
- August – Klezmer
- About 80 – 100 are expected to attend each concert.
- Deirdre Dolan announced that the committee is set to hold concerts on the 3rd Thursday in June, July, and August in DeNicola Park, with a rain location in Whitneyville Cultural Commons.
- Mark Foran was elected WCA President
- Deborah Maldonado was re-elected Treasurer
- Scott Matheson was elected Secretary to fill out Mark Foran’s term.
Dale Kroop, Hamden Economic and Neighborhood Development:
Guest speaker Dale Kroop was introduced.
- Dale noted that Hamden is updating a Long Range Economic Plan that involves five towns. The plan is updated ever two years.
- Commercial property is doing well, with a 95% occupancy rate among shopping centers.
- The Whitney Center is the town’s largest employer after Town Government and Quinnipiac University.
- The Canal Crossing apartment complex is planned for seven buildings totaling 393 units. Four are currently 100% occupied. A fifth unit is expected to open in August. A significant number of tenants are employed by Yale.
- The town is investigating the possibility of bringing high speed broadband internet access to Hamden. Stiff opposition is expected from Comcast and Frontier.
- The Plan of Conservation and Development is expected to be finished in this fall.
- Retail projects were discussed. Ulta has completed the move from North Haven, while Marshalls and TJ Maxx have reduced their store spaces.
- Putnam Place was discussed. When Stop and Shop pulled out and no other grocery chain wanted it, Porter and Chester relocated there. CVS is coming, as well as a trampoline amusement.
- The former
Hamden Middle School was discussed.
- Remediation is almost complete.
- A developer has been selected to create 57 elderly housing units, of which 30 will be mixed income. It’s expected to open in 2022-23.
- The gym will be converted into a community center.
- Business incubator with space for 20 tenants is planned.
Dale then took questions, which included:
- Responding to a question regarding the commercial district, he noted that Whitneyville doesn’t qualify for HUD loans for façade improvements and lobbying is necessary to obtain funding from other sources.
- Regarding the status of Powder Farm, he stated that the 131-acre property is owned by the Olin Corporation, which is under a consent degree to clean it up. The cost is estimated at $8 to $10 million. There has been interest in private acquisition for open space.
- The new fire station on Putnam Avenue will occupy 3 ½ acres.
- The 115-room Marriott Residence Inn is under construction again in Centerville.
- There has not been a lot of interaction between the Town and Quinnipiac.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.