Meriden 2020, Bringing It Together

$2m State funds awarded for Mills Demolition

The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded the City of Meriden a $2 million grant for the demolition and remediation of the Mills Public Housing Complex.  

The City of Meriden will demolish the structures at 144 Mills Memorial as a prerequisite to implementing the Harbor Brook Flood Control Plan at the site.  While the 144 Mills Memorial site will be used for flood control purposes and will not be used for development, the construction of the flood control plan at the site will allow for development to proceed at the adjacent sites, which include the Meriden Hub Site (located at 1-77 State Street) and at the Mills Megablock site (located at 161-177 State Street and 62 Cedar Street). 

The City of Meriden retained AECOM Technical Services Inc. (with funds provided by a 2014 DECD Municipal Brownfields Assessment grant) to perform Phase I/II/III Environmental Site Assessments and a hazardous building materials survey of the Mills Public Housing Complex.  The building survey found the presence of asbestos-containing materials (ACM), lead-based paint (LBP), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) throughout the complex and urban fill materials typical for the area.  A probable cost estimate for the demolition of the structures at 144 Mills Memorial is $3 million. 

More information on the project is available on the brownfields page. 

An overview of the demolition and remediation project can be downloaded here:

Demolition and Remediation of the Mills Public Housing Complex, 144 Mills Memorial