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Helping Transform Meriden, CT's Central Business District
[Photo 1: Artist rendering from Colony Street view]
[Photo 2: Artist rendering form Perkins Street view]
[Photo 3: Officials participate in demolition ceremony]
(l to r) Cathy Battista, Meriden City Council, Area 4; HUD Hartford Field Office Director Suzanne Piacentini; Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty; Brian Daniels, Meriden City Council, Area 3; Elliot White, President & Publisher, Record-Journal; Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati; Liz White, Executive Vice President and Assistant Publisher, Record-Journal; Lilia Kieltyka, Brownfields Coordinator, CT Department of Economic and Community Development; Miguel Castro, Meriden City Council, Area 1.
[Photo 4: Lilia Kieltyk (l) and Suzanne Piacentini (r) at podium]
Lilia Kieltyk (l) of the CT Department of Economic and Community Development with Suzanne Piacentini (r) of HUD's Hartford Field Office.

The city of Meriden recently hosted a demolition ceremony at the former Record-Journal Building, which housed the local Record-Journal daily newspaper for over a century. HUD Hartford Field Office Director Suzanne Piacentini joined Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati; Lilia Kieltyk, CT Department of Economic & Community Development; Elliot White, Record Journal; and representatives from Manafort Brothers, Inc. and The Michaels Organization for the ceremony.

The Michaels Organization will develop the site, known as 11 Crown Street, into an 81-unit mixed used development. Sixty-four units are slated for households with incomes up to 60 percent of area median income, including 20 units with Project-Based Section 8 Rental Vouchers, and 17 units under HUD's Supportive Housing Program for homeless individuals and special needs families.

The total development cost is projected at $30.6 million.  The City purchased the building in 2014 for $495,000 under HUD's Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program. The City was also awarded $1.7 million in CT Department of Economic and Community Development Brownfields Cleanup funds to begin the project, which includes the demolition and site cleanup. The development will also utilize Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.

Eleven Crown Street is a transit-oriented development, located near the new high-speed rail station and within walking distance of commercial facilities, a community college and a public library. The development will occur in two phases, including an apartment building facing the Meriden Green and row-style homes bordering South Colony and Crown Streets. Eleven Crown Street represents a key phase in Meriden's goal to transform its central business district by developing 600 new rental housing units and 60,000 square feet of retail space.