With the receipt of a second federal TIGER grant, New Haven is poised to reconnect the city’s downtown with key neighborhoods and the transit hub at Union Station. The Downtown Crossing project will transform the old Route 34 highway into a mixed-use development with a variety of housing and transit options. According to a news release from local Congress members, the grant will also make way for private investment in the former Coliseum site, including 1 million square feet of mixed use and mixed-income development.
In a statement, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp summarized the benefits: “Ongoing efforts to bridge an unnatural, untenable gap in New Haven – the Route 34 Connector – will be advanced mightily by this federal TIGER grant. On behalf of everyone in New Haven, I thank the federal delegation for bringing these substantial resources to bear. Downtown Crossing will reunify the Hill neighborhood, the flourishing medical complex, and Union Station with downtown New Haven and Yale’s main campus, which will knit New Haven back together and help build a greater sense of community,”