- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - The state is stepping in with $21.5 million for a downtown development plan in New Haven.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced the state spending plan on Thursday for the second part of New Haven’s Downtown Crossing plan.

Officials say the money will provide improvements in advance of a $395 million redevelopment of the former New Haven Coliseum site by developer LiveWorkLearnPlay.

The project promises to transform the area by removing a highway that has been a barrier to connecting neighborhoods and replacing the highway with boulevards. Funding will allow Union Station, the Medical District and the Hill neighborhood to connect with downtown New Haven.

Downtown Crossing is New Haven’s plan to transform Route 34 East, reclaiming 10 acres suited for transit-oriented development.

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