Torti Gallas was part of the developer team selected by the City of Meriden to develop several City-owned properties in their newly established Transit-Oriented Development District, which includes the former headquarters of the Record-Journal newspaper. Project challenges included a significant amount of ledge and a steep, geometrically-complex, constrained site. In addition, a corner portion of the site is located within the 500-year flood plain.
This new project consists of apartments in an elevator building, townhouse units, a parking garage, and office/conference space. Accessible units will be provided to meet the current code and all units will be visitable.
The development was designed for Passive House construction in compliance with the PHIUS+ certification criteria – an affordable and highly energy efficient construction standard based upon climate-specific comfort and performance. As part of PHIUS certification, the structures must comply with various DOE, EPA and Energy Star requirements.
The project has received 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding from the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA).