Jun 10, 2014
09:30 PMThe Connecticut Story
‘High-End’ Shopping, 100 Outlet Stores Envisioned for West Haven
Mara Lavitt/New Haven Register
West Haven Mayor Edward O’Brien, developer Sheldon Gordon of Greenwich and real estate investor Ty Miller of Dallas talk about plans for a high-end outlet center in West Haven.
Two developers with a track record of success are looking to build a $200 million “high-end” shopping center with 100 outlet stores, six restaurants and, in its second phase, a hotel and possibly apartments on the West River Crossing site the city has spent two decades trying to get off the ground.
The 347,826-square-foot waterfront development — the biggest taxable thing proposed for West Haven in decades — would be called “The Haven” and would be aimed at an affluent market that extends well beyond West Haven’s borders, its developers said Tuesday.
The Haven would create more than 1,200 entry-, mid- and executive-level jobs — plus hundreds of construction jobs — and generate more than $3 million in annual tax revenue for the city, said Mayor Ed O’Brien.
He called it one of the most important developments to knock on West Haven’s door in many years.
“This will make West Haven a destination place,” O’Brien said in a meeting in his City Hall office at which he introduced developers Sheldon M. Gordon and Ty Miller and shared their plans with the New Haven Register.
“This property is an area that we’ve been trying to develop for 20 years,”O’Brien said.
Gordon said he expects to break ground on the project’s initial phase, which includes demolishing existing properties and removing Water Street itself, by March 2015 and open in fall 2016
“This large-scale development will offer a premier outlet center featuring the best, highest-quality stores in the world,” he said. “I don’t see any reason why this thing should not go forward and be built.”
Why West Haven?
“We just felt that it is geographically set between Westchester and Massachusetts,” said Gordon. “There are about 3 million people in a semi-circle that we’re looking at,” within a 50-mile radius. “We’re looking at maybe 10 percent of that 3 million” as potential customers.