City officials unveil plans for Square 10 on site of former New Haven Coliseum

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum was demolished 15 years ago. Since then, the corner of South Orange and George streets has been vacant, with most of the three and a half acres being used for public parking.

Officials announced Friday that the Square 10 construction project has been awarded to developer LWLP New Haven LLC, a consortium of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, The Fieber Group and KDP.

“It’s a great undertaking, especially because there have been a lot of attempts to develop it that haven’t been successful,” said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker.

City officials said Phase 1 includes three sub-phases for new housing, public amenities, and a medical/laboratory office building.

Phase 1A includes 200 apartments, 40 of which will be affordable units, 16,000 square feet of retail space and a public plaza. This sub-phase costs $76 million and is expected to be completed by 2025.

An example rendering of Phase 1A of the Square 10 project. (City of New Haven)

Phase 1B includes a 650-car garage and an additional 75-100 apartments, 20% of which will be affordable housing.

Phase 1C involves the construction of a more than 200,000 square foot medical office and laboratory building, which Elicker says adds to the investment in biotechnology and life sciences. The building will include a restaurant on the ground floor.

An example rendering of Phases 1B and 1C of the Square 10 project. (City of New Haven)

“New Haven is becoming a real hub for this type of industry, and as more and more companies decide to locate here, it’s actually building on itself,” said Elicker said. “It’s a really exciting step forward.”

It’s not yet clear how much the final two sub-phases will cost, but officials expect them to be built by 2027.

Ginny Kozlowski, CEO of New Haven Economic Development Corporation, said the plan will increase foot traffic, with access to downtown, the train station and the Route 34 corridor.

“It’s going to put this package back into protective reuse, and it’s going to help rebuild the city,” she said.

A breakthrough event kicking off the construction of Phase 1A is scheduled for November 10. A community meeting on the project is scheduled for Nov. 17, followed by the City Plan Commission’s formal review of the Phase 1B and 1C plans at a later date.

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