New Haven developers hope to revitalize Hill to downtown area

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Some New Haven residents want to see the Hill neighborhood revitalized. Developers are in talks with the city to rejuvenate several areas in the Hill Medical District. The proposed plan includes housing and commercial development.

“I think it is great,” said Carol Muzzey. “It would bring the city back to life and make a safe place for the students to go and to shop, and places to go out to dinner.”

Those who work in the growing medical district around Yale-New Haven Hospital say they have to take a bus or drive to get to a bite to eat.

“We actually have to go down towards the green if we want to go out to eat with my friends, so it would be nice if we could just go down the street and find something quick,” said Alessandra Dimauro.

The plan, expected to cost $100 million to $150 million, would revive the Hill to downtown and devastated areas of the Hill, including the abandoned Welch Annex School. There would be restaurants, apartments, offices, and storefronts.

“I think it’s a great idea; I think it would be really good for job creation. I think it would bring more young people than we already have, and I think it would also bring in families,” said Tehreem Babar.

Residents are excited to hear about a regrowth in the area that would promise more jobs.

“I think ultimately it’s a good idea because we need more jobs in this area, in this country, so I think it would be great,” Babar said.

“That would be great, fantastic,” said Muzzey.

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