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Road and Sidewalk progress in Scarborough and Arrow Haven
Last month, crews came out and marked all the sidewalk segments that needed repair as well as marking utilities and bad curbs. I’ve been asked several times when the work is going to start, so here’s the official timeline. Bids were due to the city by last Thursday (July 10th). The bids will be presented to the Board of Works on Tuesday, July 15th for selection and approval. The successful bidder will be given the “Notice to Proceed” at that meeting. They’ll have to begin work within 30 days. The bidder will have up to 150 calendar days to complete the project, but it should be done before that time limit because the asphalt plants typically close for the season around Thanksgiving. So look for construction by the middle of August.
Exciting Expansion News from Continental Diamond Tool
For the second time in two and a half years, Continental Diamond Tool located at 1221 Hartzell Street in New Haven, has announced plans to expand its existing facilities. Founded in 1973, Continental Diamond Tool specializes in the design, manufacture, and application of diamond cutting and grinding products and services for industries including medical, oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, and electronics.
Continental Diamond Tool will invest $400,000 to add 7,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 7,000 square feet of office space. This additional square footage will allow for the purchase and installation of $3.375 million in new manufacturing equipment including CNC Lathes, mold presses, and inspection equipment. At present, the company employs 57 people. Over the next 5 years they plan to hire 47 additional people in manufacturing, sales, management, and clerical positions.
Through New Haven Print, I’ve been working with Deb and Ray Viggiano for the past 20 to 30 years – printing their catalogs and spec sheets. They have expanded a huge amount during that time and are one of New Haven’s proudest success stories. A couple weeks ago, City Council was happy to approve a property tax phase-in to help them with their new investment. Here are photos of their original building compared to today.