New Haven city leaders disagree with Union Station parking plans

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you commute you know how busy the parking lot can get at New Haven’s Union Station. So the city of New Haven and the Department of Transportation are looking to build a brand new parking garage, but the two can’t agree on how it’s going to look.

The New Haven Chairman for the Economic Development Commission putting the brakes on a brand new parking garage.

“I would feel better having this development stopped and rethought and looked at again rather than moving forward,” said the Chairman for New Haven’s Economic Development Commission.

Right now, plans show a 7 story 1,000 pace garage. It comes with a nearly $60-million price tag. At a meeting about a week ago neighbors said they want more than just parking.

That’s why city leaders want plans to include a bus station and a pedestrian bridge over the tracks and they say they could be willing to chip in.

“I’m sure if we could even got to that area of negotiation that there could be something the city would put in. This is going to be a revenue generating structure at several levels,” said Soto. “I think the entire region benefits from a strong city.”

The Department of Transportation spokesperson, Kevin Nursick sent a statement that said,

“The plan to provide additional parking at Union Station is critically important, not just for today’s travelers and daily commuters, but also for future users of an expanding mass transportation system in our state – a system receiving unprecedented investments. At every step, we have been actively engaged with the City to deliver on this plan which is now more than a decade overdue, and we will continue to coordinate with the City as we move forward.”

“The more the better, because this is a hassle coming down here. So make it convenient,” said commuter Warren Freeman.

“Anything for remodeling the area is a plus for the area,” said commercial real estate agent Marty Ruff.

The city has to submit a written proposal to the state by Monday. They’re hoping to start construction by next spring or early summer.

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