Great news! The first phase of Mills Memorial was awarded Federal 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA)! Pennrose Properties, the Meriden Housing Authority, and the City of Meriden are partners on the project. The current public housing site will be redeveloped into a 75-unit mixed-income community, with ground level retail and a preschool, all within walking distance of Meriden’s new transit center. Click here to learn more about this project: http://www.meriden2020.com/news/meriden-awarded-funds-for-housing-development-at-161-177-state-street/. Huge thank you to the Mills community and the City of Meriden for supporting positive transformation in Downtown Meriden!
The Meriden Housing Authority, the City of Meriden, and their planning partners thank the citizens of Meriden for their contributions to the Meriden Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan! We finalized the plan and posted it online for public review. Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves to implement this plan!
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Thank you for coming out in force on June 4, 2015! After all, it's the people of Meriden who have worked together with the Choice Neighborhood team to develop a comprehensive plan for Downtown Meriden! We had over 150 citizen participants - a combination of Mills residents (23%), downtown residents (7%), business owners (4%), stakeholders (23%), and other interested parties (43%). We unveiled the People, Housing, and Neighborhood Plans for the Meriden Choice Neighborhood and received feedback from you - 75% of people said they are optimistic of genuine transformation in Downtown Meriden! Please stay tuned for future updates!
The City of Meriden Office of Economic Development would like to thank all of those that participated in the downtown shuttle bus trial program. While we were pleased to receive positive feedback from our downtown business owners and students who took advantage of the free shuttle bus during the trial period over the past 6 weeks, the service has been discontinued due to low ridership.
A staff report on the results of the shuttle bus trial is being compiled and will be available in May 2015. To help the City better assess how to improve mobility in the downtown, the South Central CT Council of Governments has agreed to provide (at no cost to the City) a "first mile/last mile" study that will investigate strategies to maximize the use of public transit in Meriden. This study will be completed in 2016. The "Rideshare" GPS tracking device that was acquired for the shuttle bus program will be transferred to CT Transit/Dattco for use on the Meriden-Hartford commuter buses for a trial program. The draft downtown parking study update is also available for review and comment.
If you have any questions, comments, or for further information, please contact the City Office of Economic Development at 203.630.4152.
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Wind and rain did not stop citizens of Meriden from coming out in full force on December 9, 2014! We had over 160 citizen participants – a combination of Mills residents, downtown residents, business owners, stakeholders, and other interested parties. We learned where we are in the planning process, identified the biggest challenges set before us, and brainstormed as a community how to overcome those challenges in order to revitalize our beloved downtown. We received a ton of feedback from everyone, and in the next few months, we will be reaching out again as we develop our plan to ask for your guidance and approval. We asked everyone on December 9 if they were optimistic of genuine transformation in Downtown Meriden. 70% responded positively. We hope that as we continue the planning process and implement real change in Downtown Meriden, 100% of citizens will feel optimistic of our downtown’s future.
Thank you all for attending the December 9th Community Workshop and Open House! If you were unable to attend the meeting you can view the presentation under the resources tab.
Please check back soon for a summary of the meeting!
Click on image to see a gallery of photos from the Boston Trip.
On Wednesday, September 24, a group of 32 people consisting of residents, Meriden high school seniors, city and housing authority officials, and stakeholders boarded a bus and headed to Boston. Our mission was to experience ongoing and completed revitalization projects, and learn how to use tools of neighborhood revitalization back home in Meriden. We traveled 250 miles, visited 3 sites, met dozens of people, asked tons of questions, and spent over 4 hours together on a bus where regardless of age, race, or income, we felt like equal champions of positive change in downtown Meriden. We’re applying lessons learned immediately in our plan. Thank you to everyone who joined us on the Boston trip! There are still many ways for everyone to be involved – please contact the Housing Authority to learn how you can tell us your story, join a focus group or a task force, and help volunteer to implement some early action ideas. There’s also a BIG community event later in the fall. Stay tuned!
Join us for a day of learning and touring transformed neighborhoods! Free of charge! Space is limited, so please RSVP.