Mills Memorial

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The Mills Memorial Apartments, located on Cedar Street, Pratt Street and Mill Street, Meriden, CT, are currently 100% vacant.   HUD has approved the disposition and demolition of the Mills.  After a carefully conceived and executed relocation process, the property will soon be transferred to the City of Meriden for the purposes of demolishing the outdated and distressed structures.

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.  Another development which has also received financing commitments, including 9% tax credits and other state funding, Meriden Commons I, will replace an additional 26 units of the Mills with lease-up to begin in April 2018.

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 Mills will provide local rail service to neighboring urban communities to increase 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.  The MHA has applied for a 2017 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant, and will ensure that the new housing conforms to the principals of People, Housing and Neighborhoods espoused by this model.

 

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