Newhallville Neighborhood Plan

Hamden, CT

THE NEWHALLVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD is an urban residential community of over 300 homes, churches and commercial properties and two former public school facilities and consists of over 110 acres of land.

In late 2000 plans to expand the middle school revealed toxic soils deposited from over fifty years of ash waste dumping by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and a number of local businesses. The two schools were closed and further investigation by the DEP revealed that many of the homes were also affected. The DEP remedy was to remove four feet of the contaminated soil followed by construction of a permeable cap with new clean fill.

The extensive damage to the neighborhood prompted the state to ask us to organize a format for community input in outlining a master plan and guidelines for redevelopment.