'Major Technical University' Reportedly Eyeing East Haven Route 80 Location

Economic Development Coordinator reports his department is in negotiations with many businesses and organizations interested in making East Haven their new home.

East Haven could soon be the new home of a "major technical university," according to the new quarterly report from the town's Economic Development Coordinator Alexander Sulpasso.

In his report, which was released yesterday in advance of the Economic Development Commission's regularly scheduled meeting Oct. 24, Sulpasso reports that his department currently is in negotiations with the unnamed technical school to move to a spot along the town's Route 80 corridor.

There is no word yet, however, on what location along Route 80 the school is interested in, or the name of the school the town has been talking with.

In his report, Sulpasso said the town has also been in negotiations with a green technology company, nonprofit organizations, as well as "several high end retail/service establishments."

But, like the school, no names or potential locations have been released.

"Until negotiations are finalized, the privacy of the individual entities remains protected," Sulpasso stated in his report.

Mayor April Capone also declined to comment on the potential of the possible economic development project, according to a New Haven Register report. Capone, a Democrat running this fall for her third term as East Haven's mayor, said she would discuss the matter only if and when an agreement is signed.

In the same article, however, former five-term East Haven mayor and current Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Maturo Jr., said having a technical college move into a location along Route 80 would be “a big step in the right direction" for the town. But, he added, that after 10 years in office he had learned to be skeptical of “any kind of press three weeks” prior to an election.

Sulpasso's full quarterly report can be found on East Haven Patch . And the agenda for the next regularly scheduled Economic Development Commission meeting is posted in the gallery to the right that accompanies this article.

Beth October 18, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Why do I feel this is just more "hype" prior to the election?
Richard Poulton October 18, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Beth, I think you are correct in your thinking. If it comes out to be true, great. One question though, will there be tax incentives given to have them come into EH? We all know how certain people feel about that issue. And, will the property stay on the tax rolls or lost due to it being a school of sorts, with partial payment coming from the PILOT program?
Lise Cavallaro October 18, 2011 at 08:28 PM
That is great, but I would also like to know who else Mr. Suplasso is in negotiations with. I think the residents who live off Route 80 would like to know as well.
Alex A. Sulpasso October 18, 2011 at 11:55 PM
I did not intent for ALL the hype, my prior press releases did not receive this much attention... I will be publishing a Quarter Report, every 3 months. This will let the East Haven Residents know “What is Going on in the Department”, in addition to the Monthly EDC minuets.
Lise Cavallaro October 19, 2011 at 12:42 PM
You didn't intend on the hype? Of course East Haven residents are excited to hear of progress. Especially, myself, who has seen Route 80 get to be quite empty. You should consider taking a poll and get residents input on what they would like to see. I, for one, would like to see something other than pizza, nail salons, dollar stores, and liquor stores.
Patricia Esposito October 19, 2011 at 01:52 PM
I think this is good news for East Haven. If a technical school it is for profit and will pay taxes. Good job Alex. Patricia Esposito
Darryl Mrowka October 19, 2011 at 03:21 PM
This is great news! I work in the technical field and you can never learn enough new stuff. I always feared that because of the I-95 project that East Haven would be avoided for such opportunities.
Patrick Reynolds October 21, 2011 at 12:52 AM
This proposal might work elsewhere, but to put a community college on Rte 80 without serious road restructuring would be a traffic nightmare. Not to mention that the for sale signs will continue to go up with all those exiting the Foxon area without a decent grocery store (like a Shop Rite) with the detours and the lack of attention to conditions in our area.
The Count October 27, 2011 at 04:19 PM
Ooooooh. Look out, Yale!
Lise Cavallaro October 27, 2011 at 04:51 PM
If more people paid attention to the blue collar jobs and trades instead of shipping the jobs overseas the economy wouldn't be in this shape. I think with the proper planning it would be a great addition to EH.
Richard Poulton November 23, 2011 at 02:47 PM
First reported in the Patch on 10/18, of a technical school moving into the vacent store on RT-80. I was informed last night(11/22) by a most reliable source that Porter & Chester, currently located in Branford, will be moving its automotive school into that building. As to concerns of new property taxes, none actually lost, tax on building still be paid by owner. What is gained is the personal property tax for equipment, but that maybe lost for it is a school and that may be exempt. I don't know.
Alex A. Sulpasso November 23, 2011 at 04:51 PM
The privacy of the parties involved must be maintained. But, A FOR PROFIT trade school is taxable on personal property. Any tax incentive they received “for being an education facility” comes from the State and Federal Government. Municipal government only taxes on: property, personal property, and license/ permitting


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