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Leaders Celebrate First Step of New Haven 'Hill-to-Downtown' Project

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    New Haven community leaders celebrate the opening of Parkside at City Crossing, new housing and retail space that's the first of several projects in the city's “Hill-to-Downtown Community Plan.”

    Community leaders in New Haven are celebrating a housing milestone, one that they hope reinvigorates an important corridor in the city.

    On Thursday, Parkside at City Crossing opened its doors.

    The four-story building on Gold Street consists of 110 apartments and some retail space.

    It’s the first of a couple of projects in the city’s “Hill-to-Downtown Community Plan.”

    The goal: to bring new life to the corridor connecting the Hill neighborhood and downtown after Route 34 separated them decades ago.

    “When I see increased densification and really creating new neighborhoods like this where you have beautiful opportunities for people to live, work and play in New Haven and really grow this city, that’s critically important,” said David Lehman, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

    Residents will start moving in during the next couple of weeks.

    The building manager says so far about one-third of the apartments have been leased.

    The next phase of the “Hill-to-Downtown Community Plan” includes more apartments in the area.