The City of Meriden, comprised of 60,838 residents (2010), is located in central Connecticut approximately half way between Hartford and New Haven. The City has several economic development initiatives aimed at increasing the local tax base and revitalizing the city center.
This particular initiative seeks to transform the Meriden Transit Center (MTC), the HUB brownfields site, and the half-mile area surrounding it into a Transit Oriented Development area that includes new residential and commercial development, public open space, and improved access to public transportation.
Several key components make the HUB and MTC sites ready for Transit Oriented Development:
- Meriden has been identified as a station scheduled for improvements on the New Haven/Hartford/Springfield commuter/high speed rail line. Plans include construction of a new intermodal transportation center and parking garage to replace the existing MTC.
- City efforts are underway to redevelop the HUB brownfields site into a public park and flood control area while accommodating a development footprint of over 150,000 square feet on the 14-acre site.
- The City controls several other redevelopment sites, including 116 Cook Ave and Factory H, which are also located in the TOD area. Both sites could accommodate new housing and commercial development.
- Local, state and federal funds have been secured for planning, analysis, and engineering activities within in the TOD area.
- The development of mixed use commercial and residential areas, pedestrian friendly routes and amenities will be easily integrated into Meriden’s downtown, which comprises a dense, mixed use, pedestrian friendly area filled with historic buildings and public spaces.
- Transit Oriented Development is supported by the community, will help promote affordable, sustainable housing development and regional economic growth, and is consistent with the City’s Plan of Conservation and Development.