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August 24, 2022

Science Park wins $5M state grant to advance Winchester Center plans

PHOTO | LIESE KLEIN Alex Twining with a scale model of Science Park that illustrates the ambitious plans to transform the former Winchester Repeating Arms factory complex into a mixed-use neighborhood.

A newly awarded $5 million state grant will help New Haven’s Science Park Development Corporation (SPDC) kick-start plans to remake the site of the former Winchester gun factory complex, the agency announced Wednesday.

The funding, a subsidy under the Urban Act Grant program, will go toward new housing, streets and green space at Winchester Center, a project that brings together improvements across Science Park and redevelopment plans by developer Alex Twining.

Twining Properties and LMXD, an affiliate of L+M Development Partners, are developing Winchester Center and plan to reopen long-closed streets, rebuild infrastructure and create new public open space. Twining plans a 284-unit mixed-income residential building on adjacent land now serving as a parking lot, to be called “Winchester Green.”

“We are excited to be moving ahead on our first new residential development at Winchester Center and creating a strong and lasting partnership with the city and state,” Twining said in a statement on the new grant.

Jake Pine, senior director of LMXD, said, “This critical funding will help us advance their longstanding vision for this area by delivering much-needed housing, retail and infrastructure improvements.”

Gov. Ned Lamont said, “This state funding will be used to help reinvigorate New Haven’s Dixwell and Newhallville neighborhoods by bringing unused and blighted properties back to life and transforming them into new space where families can live and jobs can grow.”

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