by Markeshia Ricks | May 4, 2018 8:09 am | Comments (20)
Let’s talk numbers. But let’s talk quickly.
That was the upshot of a meeting between alders and a developer about how much of a tax break the city can afford on a plan to turn an historic clock factory into 130 affordable apartments.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Apr 25, 2018 1:04 pm | Comments (15)
A landlord amassing thousands of dollars in blight fines on a deteriorating building he owns in Westville is suing the city for harassment over another property he owns at the edge of Wooster Square. The city’s suing him back.
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by Thomas Breen | Apr 25, 2018 12:08 pm | Comments (5)
The state Department of Correction’s (DOC) planned relocation of its parole office from Westville to Grand Avenue is moving forward despite city concerns that it conflicts with the development vision of the Mill River District.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Apr 23, 2018 8:39 am | Comments (3)
The cherry blossom trees hadn’t quite popped, but it seemed that spring had — finally, maybe — Sunday just in time for the 45th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square.
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by Allan Appel | Apr 16, 2018 1:11 pm | Comments (8)
Three years ago United Illuminating moved its high pole-mounted transformer banks so close to Ellen Ryerson and Bonnie Rosenberg’s historic 311 Greene St. building, no painting, scraping, and pointing work could be done without violating federal health and safety rules.
Yet the work must be done on the historic facades of these Wooster Square landmarks, or they’ll deteriorate.
So what’s to be done? Who’s to pay?
Continue reading ‘Transformers Threaten History’
by Thomas Breen | Apr 13, 2018 7:50 am
Starting Aug. 1, Wooster Square residents will have a new neighbor on Water Street offering 200 self-storage units, upwards of 69 rental vans, 25 new jobs — and some bike racks and a hydration station — at a refurbished factory that has been vacant for the past three years.
Continue reading ‘U-Haul Promises To Be A Good Neighbor’
by Allan Appel | Apr 10, 2018 12:02 pm | Comments (11)
Not every environmental clean-up site involves radium.
It does if you’re cleaning up a centuries-old factory where generations of “radium girls” labored to make clock dials glow in the dark.
Continue reading ‘Neighbors Back Clock Factory Project’
by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 29, 2018 4:16 pm
Elsie Chapman never intended to be president of the Historic Wooster Square Association. She was just helping a founding member of the association navigate how to use email.
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by Paul Bass | Mar 26, 2018 3:27 pm | Comments (14)
A year after a breakthrough in negotiations with abutting property owners, the city is wrapping up legal loose ends on plans to construct the last leg of the Farmington Canal Trail in New Haven.
Continue reading ‘Light Seen At End Of Canal Trail Tunnel’
by Markeshia Ricks | Mar 1, 2018 4:10 pm | Comments (13)
Should the city choose artists as a special class of lower-income renters in need of affordable housing?
Leslie Radcliffe posed that question as the city and an out-of-town developer prepare to transform a former clock factory into 130 apartments for artists.
Continue reading ‘Tax-Break Q: What Makes Artists Special?’