New Haven (AP) — The city of New Haven plans to tear down a fence that for decades has separated city housing projects from a Hamden neighborhood.
The New Haven Register reports demolition of the barrier fence is set to begin Tuesday. It's the first step in connecting Woodin Street in Hamden to Wilmot Road in New Haven.
The fence was built about 50 years ago, and Hamden residents had fought to keep it.
But New Haven last fall discovered it owned the land on which the fence sits and threatened a federal civil rights suit if it was not allowed to take it down.
New Haven has replaced the old housing projects in the area with mixed-income developments, part of a $200 million project to revitalize the city's West Rock neighborhood.