|Miller Street and Bridge Street- PDF Version
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The project area contains twenty (20) lots, twenty-two (22) principal buildings, thirty-six (36) residential units, one (1) church and one (1) full service restaurant.
In May of 1998 the Yale School of Architecture in conjunction with the North End Action Team (NEAT) conducted an exhaustive two-day charrette planning process. One of the conclusions of the charrette was that the Miller and Bridge Street neighborhood could not be viable without improved access. This process included the development of four options to improve access to the Miller and Bridge Street neighborhood.
The Common Council meet to determine the fate of four buildings in the Miller Bridge Street neighborhood which the city acquired through tax foreclosure. At that meeting NEAT demanded that the Common Council address safety issues in the neighborhood. NEAT felt that access must be improved or residents of the neighborhood must be compensated for their properties and relocated out of the neighborhood in a fair and equitable manner.
Based on this meeting the Mayor and the Common Council concluded that the time had come to address the Miller and Bridge Street problem.
The Mayor and the Economic Development Committee instructed the Director of Planning to convene a meeting of the long dormant Redevelopment Agency. The Redevelopment Agency's charge was to determine if any access options presented by the Yale School of Architecture were feasible and if so to determine a proper course of action to implement an access solution. If the proposed access options were deemed unfeasible the Agency was to utilize its redevelopment powers to acquire the properties and relocate the residents, the church and the restaurant.
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