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Redevelopment Opportunities2018-10-24T14:51:30-04:00

Redevelopment Opportunities

Thames River Apartments

Location of Development

Crystal Ave., New London, CT 06320


Property Summary

The buildings on this site were constructed during the Urban Redevelopment Phase in the 1960’s for low income multifamily housing. With the construction of the I-95 Gold Star Bridge Spans in East New London, this area of the City became a less residential friendly place for families. The buildings have recently been vacated by all residents and are slated for demolition.

The property is located in a lightly industrial area with surrounding commercially and industrially zoned properties. Property would be required to be rezoned for a use other than those uses permitted in the R-4 Zone. City’s Planning & Zoning Commission recently adopted (2017) their Plan of Conservation & Development and it is a part of the City’s Master Plan to reclaim this under-developed part of New London as industrial/commercial.


Site Details

  • Map F09/Block 246/Lot 01
  • Owner: New London Housing Authority
  • Current Land Use: Multifamily Housing
  • Lot Area: 654,706.8 f2
  • Appraised Value: $7,837,500
  • Zoning District: R-4

East New London

Crystal Avenue

  • Map/Block/Lot: F10/237/1
  • Zone: LI-O
  • Land Area: 4.13 acres; 179,902.8 f2
  • Current Use: Vacant Land, Winthrop Cove Park • Appraised Value: $774,100
  • Green Space area – parklet on Crystal Avenue.

Crystal Avenue

  • Map/Block/Lot: G08/292/12.0/2
  • Zone: WCI-1
  • Land Area: 0.59 acres; 25,700.4 f2
  • Current Use: Vacant land under Goldstar bridge spans
  • Appraised Value: $36,000
  • Triangular parcel – min. lot size is 10000 f2.  Uses may be limited due to bridge spans above.

Crystal Avenue

  • Map/Block/Lot: G08/292/12.0/3
  • Zone: WCI-1
  • Land Area: 0.44 acres; 19,166.4 f2
  • Current Use: Vacant land under Goldstar bridge spans
  • Appraised Value: $368,000
  • Triangular parcel – min. lot size is 10000 f2. Uses may be limited due to bridge spans above.

Crystal Avenue

  • Map/Block/Lot: F06/295/49
  • Zone: INST
  • Land Area: 0.42 acres; 18295.2 f2
  • Current Use: Vacant parcel, Green Space
  • Appraised Value: $95,600
  • Green Space, Parklette

Lewis Street

  • Map/Block/Lot: G08
  • Zone: R-4
  • Land Area: 0.46 acres; 20037.6 f2
  • Current Use: Vacant land located under span meets
  • Appraised Value: $30,100
  • Meets minimum lot size requirements (10000 f2)

Lewis Street

  • Map/Block/Lot: G08/244/13/A
  • Zone: WCI-1
  • Land Area: 1.35 acres; 58,806 f2
  • Current Use: NL City Garage/Transfer Station/Office • Appraised Value: $1,582,300

63 Lewis Street

  • Map/Block/Lot: G08/244/12/2
  • Zone: WCI-1
  • Land Area: 0.39 acres; 16,988.4 f2
  • Current Use: Large outbuilding/transfer station
  • Appraised Value: $384,200

Thomas Griffin Road

  • Map/Block/Lot: G10/245/2A
  • LI-O
  • Land Area: 0.03 acres; 1306.8 f2
  • Current Use: Pump station/vacant land
  • Appraised Value: $60,700

Hodges Square

Property Summary

The Hodges Square Neighborhood is located in East New London and is a gateway to travelers entering the City via Route 32 including students from Connecticut College and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Hodges Square has been designated an “Opportunity Zone” by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to induce long-term investments in low-income communities. Investors can claim tax credits off unrealized capital gains for investing into development projects within the zones.

Qualifying investments may include a broad range of commercial and residential investments, such as transit-oriented development, affordable-housing and mixed-use development, and energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. In exchange for their investments, opportunity fund investors can decrease their federal tax burden through the preferential treatment of capital gains.

The Hodges Square Neighborhood is located in the C-1 Zone (General Commercial Zone), one of the most permissive zones in the City offering a number of development opportunities for the revival of this neighborhood.

The City’s Master Plan (POCD 2017) identifies Hodges Square as a key gateway into New London to be revitalized as a second downtown for the City. This downtown would offer such amenities as service businesses (barbering, spa, salon), restaurants, small grocery markets, retail stores, open green space for passive recreation. Plans are underway for ifrastructure by adding bike lanes, improved street lighting, narrowing of the street, landscaping, street trees, etc. These would all lend to traffic calming to create a charming downtown hamlet.