“It’s a real ugly building it’s an eyesore,” Devin Meyer said.
The former Anamet Manufacturing Complex’s reputation goes well beyond its run down walls.
“Yeah people know the Southside,” Meyer said.
People like Meyer are well aware of the toll the blighted Waterbury property has taken.
“It probably depreciates the value of any kind of land or property that people would have,” Meyer said.
After more than 20 years, news of new life coming to this abandoned manufacturing plant has the area buzzing again.
“It took a long time to get here and a lot of money and a lot of commitment. Without the State of Connecticut support we wouldn’t be able to do this project,” Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary said.
O’Leary and state leaders announced plans Thursday to demolish all but one of the aging buildings and redevelop the area.
“It’s another step in a forward direction from our legacy of manufacturing to move forward now and get this site back on the tax rolls hopefully future manufacturing advanced manufacturing as well,” O’Leary said.
O’Leary says demolition of the 17-acre property will take about 18 months and the property is ready for sale.
“It’ll be nice, something new something different it’s been the same here for a while,” Meyer said.
Meyer says the project will improve quality of life and opens the gate to opportunity in the area for the first time in a long time.
Funding for the demolition comes from the City of Waterbury, the Department of Economic Community Development and state aid.