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January 3, 2024

Redevelopment of former New Haven Coliseum site into life sciences/tech building gets boost with nearly $1M brownfields grant

Contributed A sketch of the proposed Square 10 life sciences and tech office building on the site of the former New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

City and state officials on Wednesday are kicking off the next phase of the mixed-use Square 10 redevelopment project, which will bring a new 277,400-square-foot life sciences and tech office building to the site of the former New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

This project is Phase 1C of the larger Square 10 multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the 265 South Orange St. site. Phases 1A and 1B of the project are largely residential.

Gov. Ned Lamont is holding a press conference Wednesday to announce a $990,000 state Department of Economic and Community Development brownfield remediation grant for soil remediation, excavation, and disposal of impacted soils on the life sciences parcel. 

Durham, NC-based Ancora L&G is the developer for the new medical/lab building with a ground-floor restaurant. Ancora specializes in building medical/lab spaces in academic centers, according to city documents. 

Josh Parker, CEO of Ancora L&G, said this new space will become a landmark building for advancing research, academic collaboration and continued growth for New Haven’s life sciences companies.

The coliseum was demolished in 2007 and the site has served as a parking lot since, with earlier phases of the Square 10 project taking shape nearby. 

Developer Clayton Fowler, founding partner of Norwalk-based Spinnaker Real Estate Partners and principal at LWLP New Haven LLC, is building the residential components of Square 10. 

City and state officials broke ground on the $76-million Phase 1A residential project in November 2022, which will bring 200 new apartments, 16,000 square feet of retail space and 25,000 square feet of public open space by 2025.

Phase 1B calls for a new 650-space parking garage and up to 100 new apartments, 20% of which will be affordable.

The total projected costs for Phases 1B and 1C were not disclosed, with estimated completion dates in 2027.

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker said this project fulfills an important part of the Downtown Crossing initiative, which is a transformative project providing housing, commercial, office and educational spaces that reconnects neighborhoods and creates a new neighborhood within walking distance of Union Station and the Medical District. 

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