MERIDEN — A ribbon cutting for Meriden Commons I and a groundbreaking for Meriden Commons II will take place on the Meriden Green on Tuesday.
The ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Green amphitheater. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other state officials are expected to attend.
The two housing projects represent a $55 million investment in downtown Meriden in partnership with Pennrose LLC, The Cloud Company and the Meriden Housing Authority. Charlie Adams, Pennrose regional vice president, said about 40 of the 75 apartment units in Meriden Commons I have been rented.
Meriden Commons II, right next door, will add another 76 units as well as 15,000-square-feet of commercial space at the corner of State and Park streets. About 80 percent of the units are considered affordable or low income with the remainder to be rented at market rate.
Meriden Commons II will replace the Mills Memorial Apartments. Demolition of the Mills is expected to begin in the next few weeks, acting City Manager Ken Morgan. The plan is to take the low rise buildings down first, followed by the high rise buildings in September.
“What we do in Meriden is really a function of the vision and the courage that the city of Meriden and Housing Authority had to take down the Mills and create new transit-oriented development and we’re very excited to be apart of that vision and be an instrument to help move it forward,” Adams said.
City Planner Bob Seale was excited to see the next phase of the project begin.
“This is another step forward in the completion of continuing the transit-oriented development master plan,” Seale said. “Making the needed improvements to create a walkable destination within the center of the state, improvement of the housing stock and increasing the feet on the ground will ultimately increase the desirability of the downtown.”