Zoning Overhaul OK’d

by Thomas Breen | Mar 13, 2017 12:01 pm | Comments (6)

Thomas Breen Photo Karyn Gilvarg and Tom Talbot of New Haven’s City Plan Department have been working on amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance that make it friendlier to mixed-use development: the idea that stores and apartments and offices can be mixed all together in dense city blocks rather than separated in specified districts.

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Raze It? Or Try To Save It?

by Allan Appel | Mar 9, 2017 3:44 pm | Comments (12)

Allan Appel Photos The owner described crumbling foundations, collapsed chimney, widespread termite infestation eating all the extant beams, a structure ready to fall down with the next strong wind gust.

Neighbors urged commissioners to save the rare 19th century Greek Revival survivor to preserve the Quinnipiac River Historic District’s character.

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Audubon Square OK’d; Look Out Brooklyn?

by Christopher Peak | Feb 16, 2017 10:15 am | Comments (46)

Beinfield Architecture PC Christopher Peak PhotoThe city gave the final needed approvals for a new mini-neighborhood to rise from a downtown parking lot, following a debate about how quickly New Haven can model itself on the car-free Brooklyn lifestyle.

The approvals came Wednesday during a City Hall meeting of the City Plan Commission.

South Norwalk-based Spinnaker Real Estate Partners cleared the final site-plan approval and permitting hurdles to begin building the first $75 million phase of a $160 million project on a “super block” bordered by State, Grove, Orange and Audubon streets.

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Munsey Moves In

by Allan Appel | Feb 15, 2017 3:51 pm | Comments (2)

Allan Appel Photo John Ray Munsey, Jr. saw his girlfriend die of a fentanyl overdose right in front of him. He knew his life of substance abuse and struggling with anger and depression and especially chronic homelessness, including long stints living in the woods, absolutely had to change.

Fast forward three years — when Munsey got the keys to a new apartment, and a new life.

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