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NEW HAVEN-The city of New Haven is choosing Northland Investment Corp. as the developer for its planned project for the former Coliseum Site. The planned development will incorporate office, retail, residential and the Long Wharf Theater into the 4.5-acre site.

“The one component that has been taken into consideration for the design process is the presence of the Long Wharf Theater as part of the project,” explains the city. The rest of the design is in an estimated 120-day evaluation process between the city and the developer. None of the other pieces of the design are set in stone.

Northland’s winning proposal covered one million sf and combined market and affordable units of housing alongside ground floor retail, parking and office space, as well as the inclusion of the essential Long Wharf Theater as part and parcel of the community. The neighborhood is hemmed-in by North Frontage Road, State Street, George Street and South Orange Street. There is no estimated budget or completion date, as the final design has not been completed or approved. Once the plan is finalized, it will still require the standard city approval processes.

The project has longer-term and larger implications for the city of New Haven, beyond a rejuvenated Ninth Square neighborhood. “We look forward to the new jobs that this project will provide,” Mayor John DeStefano Jr. says in a statement. “Not only during the construction phase, but also in the form of retail and office opportunities. The housing options planned for this development are in line with the city’s mixed-income model that provides for strong neighborhoods and an improved sense of community.”

Northland earned its selection from a city-formed review committee made up by Alderwoman Frances Clark; Joan Channick, managing director of the Long Wharf theater; Tony Rescigno, executive director of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce; Don McGregor, former chair of the Town Green Special Services District board; Jorge Lopes, chair of the New Haven Redevelopment Authority; Maricel Valcarcel, Ninth Square resident and city plan commission member; and Jonathan Koppell, development commission chair. The review board looked at a number of different criteria and, according to the city’s release, selected Northland based on three main areas of their proposal:

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