Pullman & Comley’s Real Estate and Land Use, Environmental and Government Finance attorneys have been working with the mayor and officials from the City of West Haven to develop an underutilized portion of the city’s shoreline on Long Island Sound. In cooperation with federal and state agencies and a private developer, West Haven is well underway in the process of turning its shoreline gateway from I-95 into a high-end shopping destination, called “Haven South,” with a planned 250,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space, a public amphitheater, boardwalk, and kayak launch.
We are working closely with West Haven officials to structure city incentives for the developer and to assist in negotiating a package of state assistance expected to include tax incremental financing to facilitate the construction of the project. We also worked with the city project team to develop and implement a municipal development plan and negotiate and draft pertinent project documents, which ensure that public amenities are installed and maintained and that the area is developed as promised.
When completed, “Haven South” is projected to create more than 800 construction and 1,200 permanent jobs and generate more than $3 million in annual tax revenue for the City of West Haven.