With regard to commercial and industrial development, the recent past has seen a complete turn around in the historic downtown. The Central Business District has experienced a renaissance with the opening of over thirty new restaurants along with retail stores and entertainment venues. Downtown is home to over 8,500 employees. The Downtown Business District was formed to enhance the downtown through street beautification, public safety, marketing and business recruitment.
The City constructed a new $10 million police headquarters with First and Last Tavern on the Main Street floor. Additional downtown development includes:
- The Inn at Middletown in the renovated historic National Guard Armory
- A twelve screen cinema
- Kidcity Children’s Museum doubling in size
- Rehabilitation of housing into the North End Artist Cooperative
- Creation of the Green Street Arts Center by Wesleyan University
Liberty & Landmark Squares
The award winning Liberty Square and Landmark Square have newly constructed mixed use buildings with over 50,000 square feet of retail and office space.
University & Hospital
Wesleyan University has completed a $280 million campus renewal plan. Middlesex Hospital built a new 35,000 square foot Emergency Department and continues to renovate the main hospital campus. Over 250,000 square feet of new medical offices have opened along the Saybrook Road Medical Corridor.
Commercial & Industrial
Development in the outskirts of the City is no less impressive. Over a million new square feet of office and industrial space was constructed in the I-91 Interstate Trade Zone. New companies relocating to Middletown include:
- Aerospace Techniques
- Liquid Plastics
- Northeast Quality Services
- Pegasus Manufacturing
- Shelco Filters
Middletown companies expanding include Habasit ABT, AI Engineering, and Consulting Engineering Services.
Demand for industrial and commercial sites has prompted the creation of new industrial subdivisions at Millennium Business Park and Liberty Commerce Park. Centerpoint Executive Park is developing office condominiums. Roscommon Park has a fully approved site plan for 300,000 square feet of office space and a 400 room hotel and conference center.
New commercial and retail construction along Route 66 includes:
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Five Guys Burgers and Fries
- Price Chopper Supermarket
Kleen Energy recently completed construction of a 720-megawatt electricity power plant. NRG has expanded capacity by building a 200-megawatt peaker electricity power plant.