Increased Costs Doom Troubled New Haven Youth Center Project

Sep 17, 2020

After five years of planning, development has ended on a teen community center in New Haven, Connecticut, that was under investigation by the FBI.

The city of New Haven and the Bethel A.M.E Church say the project ended due to increased costs to build the Escape Teen Center.

Last year, the FBI started to investigate the center, requesting documents tied to its construction. No charges were ever filed.

The community center was going to have a safe space for teens after school and a 15-bed homeless shelter for young people.

In October 2015, the original estimate for the project was $285,000 and was expected to take six months to complete.

Work on the building stopped in 2017 due to budget constraints.