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Downtown Sees New Development
Joseph Mcgrath
Director of Economic Development
City of Waterbury

Mayor O’Leary and the office of Economic Development continue to work with private and public investors to meet the objectives of “The City of Waterbury’s Downtown Strategic Plan.” Strong leadership, careful planning, input from residents, businesses, students, and elected officials enabled us to make positive strides in completion of the Waterbury Next Strategy.

The renovation of our beautiful Green in downtown Waterbury has come to fruition. The facelift included new walkways, lighting, irrigation, trash receptacles, new plantings, and Wi-Fi. We immediately received positive feedback from downtown pedestrians, businesses, students, churches, non-profits, and visitors.

Green Hub Developers completed the conversion, of two floors of the historic Brown Building, to meet the demand for student housing. The student living facility is located 100 feet from UConn’s Waterbury campus and one block from renovated Rectory Building where a Starbucks recently opened. Each floor is designed with laundry facilities, study rooms, recreational lounge and state of the art security. The complex is expected to be at full capacity in September.

Work on Freight Street, which is the 1st phase, of a 3 phase project, funded by a grant from the federal government’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program is complete. The project included bike paths, bio swales, new lighting and street scape improvements designed to complement future mixed use development on Freight Street. Phases two and three will see improvements to Meadow Street and the expansion of Jackson Street to West Main Street.

The magnificent 114 square foot Howland Hughes building; once the corner stone of downtown Waterbury, was purchased by Green Hub Developers and leased to Post University in April. The commitment from Post will bring 415 new jobs to downtown starting December 2018. In preparation to meet deadlines, renovations started immediately on the building. This project, part of the Waterbury Next plans, has been a priority and focus of Mayor O’Leary. Cooperation from the State of Connecticut, Post University, Green Hub Developers, Howland Hughes, Waterbury Development Corporation and the City of Waterbury made this complex transaction possible. Bringing workers to downtown will have a positive economic development impact to current businesses and encourage new business opportunities.

Our city, centrally located between Boston and New York, offers historic building stock, improved rail and bus lines, student housing, and an affordable cost of living. The Mayor and the Office of Economic development will continue to work with private and public investors who are convinced that Waterbury is a prime location for future opportunities.