In 2014, the City of Meriden requested proposals for the development of several City-owned properties in the newly established Transit-Oriented Development District. The team of Kenneth Boroson Architects, Torti Gallas and Partners, and Michaels Development was selected to develop the 1.6-acre site at Crown, Perkins, and Colony Streets, which includes the former headquarters of the Record-Journal newspaper.
Project challenges included a significant amount of ledge and a steep, geometrically-complex, constrained site. In addition, a corner portion of the site is located within the 500-year flood plain.
This new construction project consists of 3 separate buildings: The former office building has been demolished and will be replaced with a 4-story elevator building to include 63 apartment-style dwellings, a parking garage, and a 5,816 sf office/conference space. Two additional buildings will include a total of 18 three-story townhome units. Of the 81 total dwellings, 80% will be affordable and 20% market rate. Accessible units will be provided to meet the current code and all units will be “visitable.”
The development was designed for Passive House construction in compliance with the PHIUS+ certification criteria – an affordable and highly energy efficient construction standard based upon climate-specific comfort and performance. As part of PHIUS certification, the structures must comply with various DOE, EPA and Energy Star requirements.
The project has received 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA).
The development is a significant part of Meriden’s goal to transform its downtown in anticipation of the New Haven/Hartford/Springfield commuter rail program. It was acquired by the City via a HUD Sustainable Community Challenge Grant.
New construction designed for Passive House construction
Three separate buildings: 1 building of Apartment-style dwellings, and 2 additional buildings including Townhome units
To be determined