Funding Will Help Advance Redevelopment, Grow Economy
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano announced that $2.2 million has been awarded to the Downtown Crossing project from the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The project is creating thousands of jobs in New Haven and will foster development in the area. DeLauro has worked for over 30 years to secure funding for Downtown Crossing and will continue to do so in the future.
“I am thrilled that the state was able to award Downtown Crossing these funds, and do so in a fiscally responsible manner, using dollars that otherwise would have gone unused,” DeLauro said. “Finding the resources to allow this project to move forward in a timely manner is incredibly important to economic growth and job creation. The eventual connection of Temple and Congress and Orange and South Orange will help revitalize the area, help our innovative local business to grow, and give a sizable boost to our local economy. This is another important marker in the process and I cannot wait to see more of them as we move forward.”
DeStefanosaid: "These monies will continue to set the stage for one of the largest downtown development project in City history. For half a century, the highway divided the City and served as a reminder of the homes and businesses that were lost. No more. This February, work will begin to remove the highway and restore the street grid, employing thousands of people and propelling our local economy for decades to come. What was once a symbol of lost opportunity will again become a thriving part of our community. My continued thanks goes out to the Congresswoman and her tireless staff as they continue to fight for the return of New Haven tax dollars back into the district."