Demolition to begin on Old Middle School

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Old Middle School, Michael J. Whalen

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

Work is scheduled to began on the demolition of buildings at the former Michael J. Whalen Middle School in Hamden . Thanks to the Hamden Economic Development Corporation and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, change is coming to Newhall and Morse Streets.

No town funds will be necessary in the completion of this project, the HEDC secured a grant from the CT DECD last spring. On Thursday, work is scheduled to begin with the abatement and demolition of the auditorium, the work is to be carried out by the low bidder, Wiese Construction Company.

Mayor of Hamden, Curt B. Leng said, “I am very pleased that substantial remediation progress is underway at the former Middle School property. The property has remained in disrepair for far too long, and with the generous assistance of the CT DECD and the HEDC we are finally moving in the right direction. I look forward to the project’s continuance, and towards the day when the site has been entirely remediated. I thank the State of Connecticut and Economic Director Kroop for their dedicated work in ensuring this property is effectively rehabilitated.”  This quote was part of a release sent out by the City.

The building is currently under the control of the Mutual Housing Association, which are considered the Preferred Developer for a mixed use(housing and community space) project. Over the years the building has become an eyesore and a safety hazard as young people would enter the abandoned buildings and express themselves through graffiti and other street art.

Director of HEDC, Dale Kroop spearheaded the initiative securing a grant from the CT DECD.

Town management believes the school has been abandon for too long and that it’s time for a change.  

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