The team of Kenneth Boroson Architects, Torti Gallas + Partners, and Michaels Development was selected by the City of Meriden to develop the 1.6-acre site at the intersection of Crown, Perkins, and South Colony Streets. This Transit-Oriented Development District, established in 2014, included the former office of the Record-Journal newspaper.
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 now consists of three separate buildings. The former office building was demolished and replaced with a 4-story elevator building which includes 63 apartment-style dwellings, a parking garage, and a 5,816 sf office/conference space. Two additional buildings include a total of 18 three-story townhome units. Of the 81 total dwellings, 80% are affordable and several are accessible Type A units.
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 are required to comply with various DOE, EPA and Energy Star requirements.
The project was awarded 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funding from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA). The site was acquired by the City via a HUD Sustainable Community Challenge Grant.
The development is a significant part of Meriden’s goal to transform its downtown in light of the New Haven/Hartford/Springfield commuter rail program, known as CT-Rail, which was completed in 2018. Residents of 11 Crown may access the rail platform via a five-minute walk.
New construction designed for Passive House construction
81 dwellings in 3 separate buildings: 1 building of Apartment-style units, and 2 additional buildings of Townhome units