Officials in West Haven said an economic development project will change the shoreline in the city.
Plans are in the works for an upscale outlet mall off of I-95 and along the water in West Haven.
The developers expect to start working on one of the properties recently purchased from the city in the next few weeks, and then more work later this fall.
West Haven Mayor Ed O’Brien said the plans will transform West Haven “into a destination place.”
The first phase, called Haven South, involves just under 25 acres stretching from Water Street to First Avenue, featuring 65 upscale shops and eight restaurants.
"There is going to be a marina, which we have there now, restaurants on the water, the promenade, so they can walk along the water, just going to open this area up,” O’Brien said.
The mayor added that the project will bring 1,200 jobs and much needed tax revenue.
As for the developers, they said the location will draw shoppers from Boston, New York and in between.
"Having retail on the water is a very unique thing, the other thing is the access to all the major interstate arteries,” said Matt Armstrong of The Haven Group.
To make the project work, developers needed to acquire 56 pieces of commercial, residential and city owned land.
There are 10 parcels left, with some fearing the city will use eminent domain if deals can’t be reached.
“We're working with homeowners to acquire properties fairly and help them relocate, but in the end, this is going to be a good thing for the city, a good thing for everybody,” Armstrong said.
"Part of our history was Savin Rock, people came from all over to go to Savin Rock. This will bring West haven back to that stature again,” O’Brien added.
Developers said they are hoping for an opening sometime in late 2017.
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