Mills Memorial

Disposition and Demolition of the Mills

The Mills Memorial Apartments which was located on Cedar Street, Pratt Street and Mill Street, Meriden, CT, has been completely demolished November 2018.   HUD approved the disposition and demolition of the Mills.  After a carefully conceived and executed relocation process, the property was transferred to the City of Meriden for the purposes of demolishing the outdated and distressed structures.  

Replacement Housing

Demolition and disposition of the property is necessary for a variety of reasons.  An October 2010 Physical Needs Assessment found the buildings to be structurally deficient.  Harbor Brook, which is culverted under the Mills Memorial site, poses a reoccurring environmental and flood hazard for both the Meriden and downstream communities with eleven “100 year” flood events in the last 150 years.  This project, together with other housing developments the MHA proposes in the downtown area will provide replacement housing out of the flood plain area for the high density Mills complex.  One such effort, 24 Colony Street, has replaced 24 units of low income housing, one-for-one replacement for the low-rise buildings of the Mills.  Additional developments committed to replace additional units of the Mills include Meriden Commons I which leased up in 2018 and the redevelopment of Yale Acres which is scheduled to begin construction in early 2019.

Transit Oriented District (TOD) Program

These efforts enable Meriden’s low income housing to attain the quality necessary to integrate with the aggressive Transit Oriented District (TOD) program being administered by the City of Meriden.   The demolition and complete rebuilding of the train station located one quarter mile from the former Mills provides local rail service to neighboring urban communities which increases employment opportunities and improve the quality of life for MHA and City residents. 

The plan also calls for addressing the blight that exists in Meriden’s post-industrial, inner city area.  Streets will be remapped and blighted buildings will be raised to create an affordable, attractive urban center that will allow people to work where they live, or easily and affordably to commute using newly constructed, quality public transportation assets.  

 

Check out the flyover video below!