May 25, 2018, Meriden CT ----The City of Meriden and the Meriden Housing Authority completed the property swap at the Mills housing site in downtown Meriden. Under the agreement, the City has taken title to the Mills property, located at 144 Pratt Street, in exchange for the 62 Cedar Street, which has been transferred to the Housing Authority. The City of Meriden previously approved the transfer of 177 State Street and 62 Cedar Street to the Meriden Housing Authority in exchange for 144 Pratt Street (also known as 144 Mills Memorial) for the purposes of demolishing the Mills Memorial Housing Complex and construction of the Harbor Brook Flood Control Project. The completion of the property transfer will allow the City to commence the demolition of the Mills structures over the next several months. Bestech Inc. has been selected as the demolition contractor. The consulting engineer on the project is AECOM.
This project phase is a component of a broad strategy to replace and remediate the City of Meriden’s
distressed housing stock. The City’s overall housing strategy will employ a combination of new
construction and rehabilitation of existing housing to provide 600 to 1000 new housing units over a five-year period. The new housing is located within walking distance to the new Meriden Transit Center and commuter rail service, which is scheduled to begin service on June 18, 2018. A demolition ceremony marking the beginning of the Mills demolition project will be scheduled in June 2018.