The City of Meriden and the Meriden Housing Authority -- working with over two dozen participating organizations including the Meriden Public Schools, Meriden Children First, YMCA, Community Health Center, and Pennrose Properties – confirmed today that their Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant application was completed and submitted to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant application was compiled by WRT, a national firm specializing in urban and regional planning particularly projects involving redevelopment of public housing sites.
Together, the Meriden Housing Authority and the City of Meriden are requesting $20 million to fund new Transit-Oriented Development District investments in housing, neighborhood improvements, and education, employment and health strategies over of the next five years. The HUD funds would leverage approximately $114 million in housing investments, $74 million in brownfield redevelopment, transportation and other neighborhood investments, and $20 million in innovative education, employment and early childhood programs.
Brian P. Daniels (Meriden City Council Majority Leader and Chairman of the City-MHA Joint Planning Group) said, “The Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant application is an excellent blueprint for downtown revitalization. The $200 million leverage is objective confirmation that Meriden is on the right track and that a real transformation of our downtown is possible within the next five years. HUD funds will be used magnify the impact of these other investments and accelerate their implementation.”
For more information, copies of the Executive Summary, Housing, People and Neighborhood Strategies can be downloaded here: