New Haven’s Downtown Crossing Project aims to reconnect the downtown district to its medical district and Hill neighborhoods by redeveloping the city’s uncompleted highway, Route 34 East, and its surrounding 10 acres into a livable, walkable community. In March 2016, the first phase of the project was completed, which included the 14-story, environmentally-sustainably headquarters of Alexion Pharmaceuticals (which brought approximately 960 jobs to the area). The second phase will redevelop the site where the city’s Coliseum once stood into a 1.1 million square foot mixed-used development. The ten-year project is expected to create 4,700 construction jobs and 2,800 permanent jobs at completion.
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