Project Spotlight: The Hamden Business Incubator

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A project Godfrey-Hoffman Associates is currently part of is steadily moving forward.  The construction is nearly complete on the current phase of work at the future site of the Hamden Business Incubator. This phase includes the removal of old boilers and asbestos, as well as clearing out contaminated materials in the basement. The $200,000 for this phase came from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC).

The Hamden Business Incubator is being developed by HEDC at the location of the former Newhall Community Center at 496 Newhall Street, which has been closed since 2002. The incubator will be serve as the location for up to 20 small businesses that specialize in service and technology areas such as light manufacturing, web design and medical office administration. The goal is develop affordable space for entrepreneurs to grow in Hamden to create jobs and increase tax revenue.

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Bamboo-zled! State Holds Property Owners Accountable for Bamboo Growth

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The particular type of bamboo under scruitiny is known to regulators as “running bamboo.” Though not considered an invasive species in Connecticut, it has a root system that is particularly adept at spreading underground, and if not carefully maintained, will spread from one property to another. According to an article published February 17th on, the “bamboo roots spread and travel underground far from the visible plants and new shoots can pop up just about anywhere. They are strong enough to tear up patios and foundations and destroy septic systems.”

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[Press Release] Hodge, LLC Receives 2013 Best of Farmington Award

farmington award programFarmington Award Program Honors the Achievement of Hodge, LLC

For the second consecutive year, Hodge, LLC has been selected for the 2013 Best of Farmington Award in the Professional Land Surveyors & Civil Engineers category by the Farmington Award Program. Here is an excerpt from the Farmington Award Program:

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GHH Lends a Helping Hand to the Rebuilding of a Milford Synagogue

In October of last year an electrical problem sparked a blaze at the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont, located in Milford, that caused extensive damage to the temple. “On July 21, 1995, the synagogue was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. The building was nominated for this designation because of its Colonial revival design, the fact that it hasn’t been modified, and also because it was used for most of its life as a seasonal temple.”

The historical building, prayer books, shalls, and other various items dating back to 1926 were all destroyed in this devastating fire. Immediately following the cleanup process, the goal of rebuilding the Temple in the same location was created and the overwhelming support from neighbors, organizations, and other synagogues poured in to help out in anyway possible.

In the emotional process of rebuilding the temple, there was an issue with the last survey performed on the property. Godfrey-Hoffman Hodge stepped in to help complete a survey that was lacking certain info that was needed by the architect for the new design and permitting. This week, the Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont presented GHH with a sincere letter thanking the company for donating their services to help in the rebuilding of the new temple:

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A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, “What’s with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!”

The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such inept golf!”

The priest said, “Here comes the green-keeper. Let’s have a word with him.”

He said, “Hello George, what’s wrong with that group ahead of us? They’re rather slow, aren’t they?”

The green-keeper replied, “Oh, yes. That’s a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime.”

The group fell silent for a moment.

The priest said, “That’s so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.”

The doctor said, “Good idea. I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there’s anything he can do for them..”

The engineer said, “Why can’t they play at night?”


Hodge LLC. has been working at St. Patrick’s over the last few years completing boundary, topographic surveys as well as locating the buildings, parking lot, trees and all physical features on the site. The main building was built in 1921 with several newer additions. The information gathered by us will be used by the engineers to design much needed parking. Also on the property is an old house that is to be rehabbed along with a new driveway which will serve as the new rectory.