by Jiahui Hu Staff Reporter
After a year of few public updates, city officials and developers announced the status of the $395 million Coliseum downtown development project Thursday afternoon.
At the press conference, Mayor Toni Harp said the New Haven-based architecture firm Newman Architects will spearhead designs for the Coliseum development project, located at the intersection of Orange and George streets, two blocks south of the New Haven Green. Canada-based developer LiveWorkLearnPlay will begin the first phase of construction next summer, during which time it will build around 400 mixed-income residential units, tens of thousands of square feet of retail space and a hotel complex. The Coliseum development will also bring 1,700 new jobs to the Elm City, according to Ted DeSantos, the senior vice president of Fuss & O’Neill, a consulting firm aiding the city. LiveWorkLearnPlay co-managing partner Max Reim said the company will try to source the majority of these jobs from New Haven residents.
“We’re going to be nepotistic and hire as local as possible,” Reim said.
After the eventual culmination of all four construction phases, the Coliseum will house 1,000 apartment units. Developers will set aside 50 to 70 spaces for businesses, 20 to 30 of which will be earmarked for new small businesses. The Coliseum will also include office buildings and a four-and-a-half star hotel, said Matthew Nemerson SOM ’81, the city’s economic development administrator. Construction on the hotel will likely begin in spring 2018, he added.
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