Demolition of the SNET building adjacent to the Waterbury branch of Metro-North Railroad began March 19.
The demolition and redevelopment of 333 Meadow Street is a partnership between the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation, the City of Waterbury and the Waterbury Development Corp., the city’s economic development arm.
The demolition is funded by a $1.5 million bond authorization by the State of Connecticut.
Hazardous building materials were fully abated prior to demolition. Once the site building and subsurface parking structure are removed in their entirety, the resulting void will be filled and compacted to match existing site grades.
Phase two of the project will begin in the fall by redeveloping the site into a landscaped parking area, adding additional 50 parking spaces, renovations to the baggage area within the Republican-American building, creating restrooms and additional ridership amenities, such as a bus pick up and drop off zone, passenger waiting shelter, site lighting and green space.
“Future improvements to this site will help to increase ridership and draw additional attention to the importance this rail line plays to the economic growth of the city and downtown in general,” said Mayor O’Leary. “We extend our gratitude to Gov. Malloy and Commissioner Redeker for helping move this project forward.”
The project signifies the Department of Transportation’s continued investment into the Waterbury Metro-North rail line that will serve both rail users and the general public at this highly visible gateway to the city of Waterbury and its historic downtown.