Greater Dwight Development Corporation

The Greater Dwight Development Corporation (“GDDC”) is a tax-exempt community development corporation that promotes the economic and social well-being of low-income and other residents in the greater Dwight neighborhood. GDDC is one of the longest standing and most influential neighborhood community groups in New Haven, and has been represented by the clinic since its inception in 1995.

GDDC is the parent organization of the Montessori School on Edgewood, which opened in 2006 as the first publicly supported Montessori school in New Haven. GDDC also owns the Dwight Place Shopping Plaza on Whalley Avenue, the location of a Stop & Shop grocery store and a fueling station. After Shaw’s supermarket shut its doors at the same location in 2010, turning the area into a “food desert,” GDDC was instrumental in bringing Stop & Shop to the site in 2011, providing much-needed relief to the community in the form of local employment opportunities and healthy food access.

The clinic has worked with GDDC on a range of matters. It has represented GDDC in connection with the ownership and development of its properties, its lease with Stop & Shop and other tenants, its corporate structure, tax matters, and several financings. The clinic continues to represent GDDC on both its existing projects and new opportunities as they arise, as well as on its long-term strategic plans for remaining a bedrock institution for the greater Dwight community.