by Christopher Peak | Jul 20, 2017 12:24 pm | Comments (7)
A proposed luxury rehab in the Chapel West district could soon stack tenants into under-300-square-foot units while allowing them to also spread out on a rooftop deck, a fitness center and a cinema.
Continue reading ‘Quest For Micro-Apartments Sparks Debate’
by Christopher Peak | Jul 19, 2017 1:10 pm | Comments (13)
An East Rock homeowner found out city planners’ definition of “hardship” the hard way on Tuesday night. He’ll now need to find other plans for his elderly aunt.
Continue reading ‘Sorry. No “Hardship”’
by Christopher Peak | Jul 17, 2017 12:10 pm | Comments (41)
The sewer authority attached a foreclosure sign to the chain-link fence outside Destiny Roldan’s white, two-story house in Fair Haven Heights. In block letters, it announced an upcoming auction to sell the $150,100 home to recoup her unpaid bills — which totaled just $3,436.
The scheduled foreclosure sale was part of the sewer utility’s latest wave of threatened property grabs, in an attempt to recoup debts that are worth a fraction of the homes’ value.
Continue reading ‘Sewer Authority On New Foreclosure Tear’
by Christopher Peak | Jul 12, 2017 8:47 am | Comments (14)
Across from Union Station, the once busy Church Street South apartment complex feels like an eerie maze. Bugs swirl around illegally dumped heaps of garbage and rubber tires; weeds attempt to break through the asphalt. On the outskirts, by the cinderblock walls, youngsters sit on corner stoops smoking marijuana and catcalling at passersby. Inside the labyrinth, a group of scuffed-up guys carrying backpacks and rolling suitcases dodged into entryways, trying to remain out of sight.
Most of the 301 families who once lived there are gone, chased out by dangerous living conditions festering under the management of a government-subsidized private owner. But, long after the place was supposed to be empty of humans and torn down to make way for a bigger mixed-use complex, 20 families remain in the partially demolished, mold-ridden crumbling old version — and officials are urging them to hurry up and find new homes elsewhere.
Continue reading ‘20 Last Families Urged To Move Out’
by Allan Appel | Jul 7, 2017 7:39 am | Comments (6)
There’s a lot of hammering going on on Grand Avenue these days around Franklin Street.
That’s because the fifth floor and roof of the reconfigured Farnam Townhouses on Grand Avenue at Franklin are just being framed in, and the project remains on schedule and on budget for a Spring, 2018 ribbon-cutting.
Continue reading ‘Farnam Raises The Roof’
by Christopher Peak | Jun 30, 2017 11:53 am | Comments (2)
Amid concerns of chemical contamination at a abandoned building in Cedar Hill, planning commissioners gave developers the go-ahead to convert the burnt-out space into apartments — a necessary approval before engineers can start on a remediation plan.
Continue reading ‘Cedar Hill Housing Rehab OK’d’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jun 26, 2017 1:18 pm | Comments (13)
By the time Yale University opens its new $120 million science building, more students might be able to walk out of their apartments and across the street to get to class.
Continue reading ‘More Student Housing Coming To Whitney’
by Christopher Peak | Jun 23, 2017 1:19 pm | Comments (23)
A developer managing the Antillean Manor subsidized housing cooperative failed Thursday to secure the votes it needs to reconstitute the facility’s board — the first step to buying out residents, tearing down the hopelessly deteriorated complex and constructing new mixed-income apartments there.
Continue reading ‘Not So Fast, Antillean Tells Eager Builder’
by Allan Appel | Jun 22, 2017 7:07 am | Comments (12)
Instead of winning a preliminary vote to buy and renovate the vacant Strong School building into new apartments, a Litchfield-based developer ended up being grilled over whether his plan can work in the real world of real estate.
Continue reading ‘Vote Put Off On Strong School Developer’
by Paul Bass | Jun 9, 2017 2:20 pm | Comments (3)
It looks like Joel Schiavone will get to enjoy the downtown he helped revive for at least two more years.
Continue reading ‘“Mr. Downtown” Gets To Stay’