MERIDEN — The city is about to begin design work for plans to extend the Meriden Green north following the demolition of the Mills Memorial Apartments.
The estimated $4 million flood control project will add about two-and-a-half acres to the park and expose a new section of Harbor Brook from Mill Street to Cedar Street, said Public Works Director Bob Bass.
“It’s going to look very similar to what is already there,” Bass said. “You are going to have the brook, continue with concrete sidewalks, probably add another foot bridge.”
The city is in the process of finalizing an agreement with engineering firm Milone & MacBroom to do the design work for $312,500, Bass said.
Design work is expected to take between nine months and a year. The project hinges on the demolition of the Mills, which is slated for spring. Construction on the new section of the green will likely not begin until 2020, Bass said.
“You are not going to see anything for a couple years because you have to go through the design, approvals from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, so there’s going to be some time before it moves forward,” Bass said.
From a flood control standpoint, Parks and Recreation Director Chris Bourdon said the Meriden Green has been a success. While extending the park will increase the workload on his department, Bourdon said it will be worth it if the project brings more businesses to the city.
“If the cost of spurring downtown economic development is more work for us, we’re glad to pay that price,” Bourdon said.