A massive outlet mall with 100 stores and several restaurants is coming to West Haven and is expected to open in the fall of 2016.
“I would imagine this is the biggest project that ever came to West Haven,” Mayor Edward O’Brien said. “It's gonna happen.”
The city owns most of the site, along New Haven Harbor between Elm Street and Main Street, and officials have been looking for developers since 1997, O’Brien said.
The plan includes 100 outlet stores and several restaurants, with potential for a pier and a hotel.
The site is close to exit 44 of Interstate 95, according to O'Brien, who hopes the state government will widen the on- and off-ramps.
The federal government has already spent millions on the seawall and environmental cleanup.
“The contamination is remediated, so on this site we're ready to go,” he said.
City officials will be helping existing businesses relocate.