North Haven official reports demand for restaurants, housing

North Haven official reports demand for restaurants, housing

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NORTH HAVEN — The town’s Economic Development Commission met last week to address several topics including housing, the retail market and the new restaurant moving planned for Washington Avenue by the owners of Adriana’s in New Haven.

According to First Selectman Michael Freda, the new restaurant will be named La Lupa. It will be in the space formerly occupied by Leon’s in a plaza at 344 Washington Ave. 

“The restaurant demand is strong here,” he said. “The format will be very similar to Adriana’s. There will be a pizza oven in there and they will offer similar fare.”

Freda also said that he had shown two different restaurant owners the vacant Boston Market building at 135 Washington Ave., but that neither has committed.

The possibilities include a “margarita, Mexican format” and “barbecue,” Freda said.

Panera Bread will also be breaking ground on a standalone restaurant on Universal Drive.

During talks about the issue of housing in North Haven, Freda said eight homes are being built on Warner Road. Construction should be completed in “early spring” with the potential for more homes to be built.

Additionally, two apartment buildings facing Washington Avenue are in the works, offering approximately 150 new apartments. The bottom floor of the buildings will be filled by various retail outlets, according to Freda. 

Freda also said that he was looking at introducing representatives from Amazon to faculty at Southern Connecticut State University in order to create some possible relationships within the school’s business department.
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