New Haven proposes P3s for Union Station development
Connecticut – The city of New Haven is recommending public-private partnerships (P3s) as a method to more fully deliver transit-oriented development around Union Station in a proposed capital partnership agreement with the state of Connecticut.
In September 2020, both parties signed a letter of intent with specific goals to develop a 600-space parking facility, an intermodal center for local and regional bus users, and renovations to Union Station.
At a recent meeting with the city’s board of alders, city staff recommended pursuing P3 opportunities for transit-oriented development on the east and/or west lots of Union Station that incorporate increased access for CTtransit buses and intercity buses, accommodations for shuttle buses, access for taxi and ridesharing services, and 600 additional commuter parking spaces.
Other development objectives include building new connections to a mixed-use intermodal center on the West surface lot, improving access from the Lone Wharf area and the Hill neighborhood to the station, and reconnecting and rebuilding a section of Columbus Avenue.
In addition, the draft agreement outlines goals for campus upgrades including improvements to:
- Basement, first, and second floors of Union Station to allow for and attract new retail options.
- Stairs, elevators, and escalators to enable future adaptive reuse of the upper floors of Union Station.
- Public restrooms.
A board of alders committee is set to review the draft agreement and conduct a public hearing before the full board revisits the proposal.