Next phase of downtown revitalization project getting underway in East Haven

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Phase three of an ongoing construction project — officially kicking off Wednesday morning in East Haven.

“It’s continuity,” said Sal Brancati, director of administration of management for the City of East Haven. “You want the rest of Main Street to look as it does in front of city hall.”

It’s all part of a downtown revitalization, which began more than 10 years ago. All of it is being done in stages.

“I take a lot of pride in how I take care of my property and it would be nice to have the front of it look finished,” said David Brennan who is the owner of East Haven Memorial Funeral Home. A family business that’s been along Main Street since 1939.

“We have been pushing to have our end of town renovated. They did the center of town two or three times over 25 years,” said Brennan. “Our end has just been paved.”

That’s about to change for Brennan and several of the other businesses around him.

“During this phase we are replacing sidewalks, granite curbing, new lights, security boxes — the blue boxes for emergency calls, trash barrels, benches,” said Brancati.

The first area to see these upgrades will be along Main Street between Elm Street and Pardee Place. Work will eventually continue all the way to the New Haven line.

“I don’t think it will be too intrusive on pedestrian traffic nor the traffic on Main Street,” said East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo. “There will not be any interruption to any of the businesses.”

Phase three of this project is expected to cost just under a million dollars. Money that’s coming from federal and state grants.

Work is expected to start the beginning of next week and should be done in the next few months.


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