Years ago, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) acquired 16-18 Rosette St, likely for a construction or maintenance project on the abutting rail line. When that project was finished, the land was fenced in and reclassified as excess or vacant land. The City's Livable City Initiative worked with neighbors and the DOT to care for the property, but it remained vacant state land.
This spring, Mayor Toni Harp worked with New Haven's State Legislative Delegation to identify vacant state-owned parcels throughout the city and transfer them to local control through the General Assembly's annual "conveyance bill." Representing Rosette Street, Rep Juan Candelaria and Sen Gary Winfield advocated strongly for 16-18 Rosette St's inclusion in the bill, which passed the House and Senate (presided over by New Haven's Senate Pro Tempore Martin Looney) in early June.
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