West Haven looks to reopen Water Street amid doubts over The Haven mall project

The West Haven Board of Police Commissioners voted to approve the reopening of Water Street Tuesday night, the latest indication that city officials no longer are counting on developers of a stalled shoreline development project to move their project forward. The closure of Water Street was intended to aid development of a proposed upscale outlet mall development — The Haven — that first would have required demolition of several buildings over several blocks. Christine Gallo, chairwoman of the city’s Economic Development Commission, said she expected the decision to have a more immediate effect on traffic than on economic development. Although Rossi has remained impartial about whether The Haven outlet mall project will come to pass, saying her immediate focus is in seeing the developer pay to demolish the blighted buildings on the site, others have declared the project officially dead — including Borer and Gallo.


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