Southern Connecticut Gas relocates 150 employees to West Haven

WEST HAVEN – Avangrid officials have announced that the energy company will move the offices of 150 Southern Connecticut Gas employees from Orange to 190 Frontage Road in West Haven.

Avangrid officials did not immediately comment on the reason the company moved most of its operations to West Haven Friday, but West Haven Mayor Nancy Rossi said she believes the decision is evidence of improving the city’s viability.

“Three years ago no one was looking to go here,” he said.

Rossi and other officials acknowledged the city’s budget – which has shown a positive funding balance in recent years as reviewed by the state’s Municipal Accountability Review Board – as well as its implementation of state funding to raise Beach Street to avoid flooding near the coast for a stream of developers who have been buying damaged properties since the spring.

“It shows people that other businesses have faith in us,” he said.

Rossi said that when businesses relocate employees to the city, economic growth will follow.

West Haven saw the sale of many formerly iconic properties this year, including the former Chick’s Drive-In and Debonair Motel properties on Beach Street, as well as the former American Steakhouse on Sawmill Road. Savin Rock Plaza next to the beach has also changed ownership this year, with the new owner promising to fill vacant storefronts at the Captain Thomas Boulevard strip mall.

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