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e) acquisition of real property and/or easements, rehabilitation and/or demolition of buildings, other improvements to real property, and the right to take any action related to air rights over the public rights-of-way in the project area to promote the optimum development of  the project area.

Also, before I forget, let me thank City staff and all of the people from the public who participated in this process.”

President Perez:  “I do want to emphasize one thing, that Item one is what authorizes the whole project.  So, it would be appropriate to discuss the entire project.  The next two items are what funds part of that project.”

Alderwoman Ellis-West:  “The next piece of the project is simply the funding for the Coliseum building demolition. This is to be accomplished through amending the Capital Projects budget to allocate $6,000,000 for this purpose. This will be accomplished through Twenty-Year bonds for this purpose.

The next piece of the project is simply the funding for the Macy’s building demolition.  This is to be accomplished through amending the Capital Projects budget to allocate $6,050,000 for this purpose. The Administration states that these funds are 100% reimbursable.

The next piece of the project is simply the funding for the Coliseum building demolition. This is to be accomplished through amending the Capital Projects budget to allocate $6,000,000 for this purpose.

I said briefly that we wanted to thank the public, city staff and everyone for their participation in this project.  I’d just like to add a little bit more to this.  This is a project that I think many of us are very excited about.  As colleagues, we worked really hard on it.  We worked really hard on amendments.  I’ve been on this board for almost six years.  This process was the first time that I saw the public so intimately involved in something.  I really want to thank the public for their input and for their research.  Some of you attended every single meeting, and your participation was greatly appreciated.  Please continue to participate in this way whenever there’s an issue before us.  

This is a project that I hope years from now, I’ll be able to sit and tell my grandchildren that I was a part of it, and that you all were a part of it.  We’re very excited about it.  So, thank you.”

Alderman Voigt:  “I just raise the question that was raised in caucus about a letter to our state legislators asking that this project go forward as a project labor agreement, just so that it gets on the record that the board will undertake that endeavor.”

Alderman Healey:  “I rise for a simple reason, which is to say that I’m proud to be voting in favor of this amendment tonight.  I think what we’re going to do is bring a crown jewel of the community college system downtown to New Haven.  As someone who just graduated from Yale University, I welcome the fact that we’re going to have thousands upon thousands of new young people coming downtown every day to make it a tremendous place.  It improves upon what we’ve got now and really just grow this city.

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