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Hamden Revives Biz-Boosting Effort

New Haven Independent

Hamden plans to use a newly allocated $600,000 to seek to draw more businesses to town — and gain needed tax revenue — with the help of updated zoning regulations, blight reduction, and facade improvements.

Hamden’s Legislative Council voted unanimously to fund that $600,000 initiative as part of a series of final line items in a broader now-completed $10,448,000 2021-22 capital budget.

The vote took place Monday night at the last meeting of the current Legislative Council (some of whose members will now be replaced by victors in the Nov. 2 general election).

Erik Johnson, Hamden’s economic development director and acting town planner, pitched the $600,000 “Neighborhood Improvement Program” to the Council before Monday night’s vote. He said the money will be used for acquiring and or demolishing blighted properties, assisting businesses and homeowners with making improvements necessary to lift all neighborhoods, and leveraging match dollars for participation in state, regional, and nonprofit efforts designed to improve community living spaces.

by NORA GRACE-FLOOD | Nov 16, 2021 2:53 pm
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