The Town is exploring the purchase of former High Meadows School property located on 825 Hartford Turnpike. This property is currently owned and maintained by the State of CT but has been vacant and without use since 2009.
As most citizens know the Town has not purchased the site. It is only exploring the potential acquisition with the intent of pursing an Economic Development project that is yet to be determined. Hamden acquiring this property would ensure that the State doesn’t develop it, gives us the ability at the local level to pursue a project that fits within the character of the neighborhood and potentially create tax base growth.
So far Martinez, Couch, and Associates was hired to complete survey work, map the wetlands, complete topographic mapping, locate utilities, identify drainage characteristics such as pipes and culverts. The study will identify any potential challenges. They will also locate any watercourse such as a stream, identify existing trees, adjacent property owners, etc. The consultant was selected following an RFP process.
BL was hired via an RFP process to complete a site assessment of the physical buildings on the property and any potential areas of environmental contamination. This includes a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Building Conditions Assessment, Hazardous Building Materials Assessment and a final Project Report.
Currently Camoin 310 has been hired to complete a Market/Feasibility Study of the project to determine what could be a viable economic development project at the current High Meadows Site. Camoin 310 will be completing this work over the next 2-3 months and will make recommendations on potential uses of the site.