Shrinks & Dentists Out, Students In
by Allan Appel | Oct 17, 2013 8:35 am
That’s what’s going to happen at the imposing pile of bricks known as 315 Whitney Ave.
The City Plan Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a site plan for the renovation of the three-story building and a two-story building in back to provide 19 residential units.
The proposed renovation will not alter the external facade of the building, which only will look spiffier, according to Fair Haven-based architect Gerald Kagan, who made the presentation.
“It’s basically restoring the building to a lovely state. It has a beautiful portico, and we’ll revive it,” he said.
The medical, dental, and psychiatric denizens of the first floor are already out, attorney Jim Segaloff reported on behalf of owners Henry Harrison and Ruth Lambert.
The renovation will eliminate that and all commercial use, making way for 19 residents, likely students.
For them, and at the suggestion of City Plan staff, bicycle storage is being provided in the basement as part of the renovation.
The aldermanic representative on the commission, Westville’s Adam Marchand asked, as he often does, about the impact on traffic in the area.
Kagan replied that with the expected student residents using bicycles and no commercial use, the traffic ought to be improved.
City Plan Chairman Ed Mattison asked for reassurance that the outside of the building would not be touched.
Only a change in the windows, rendering them more energy efficient, said Kagan.
More of Those Students on Crown Street
In another victory for students’ sleeping requirements, commissioners granted a special exception at 250 Crown St., adjacent to the Bar restaurant and across from Louis’ Lunch.
In June the handsome former three-family house was converted into a student rooming house with rooms to sleep six students. Relief from the parking requirements —one parking spot for every three sleeping rooms—was approved then.
Wednesday night, the commissioners heard that not six students but nine are going to sleep at the 250 Crown Street rooming house, likely members of sports teams.
City Plan zoning expert Tom Talbot said the additional rooms would have no impact on traffic patterns.
“These are student renters,” he said.
The commissioners agreed. The vote was unanimous.
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315 Whitney is an incredible house. Glad to see its being occupied. Will any significant architectural features be removed from the interior or did that already happen when it was made commercial?
We need tens of thousands more housing units in New Haven if we want to keep the city affordable. These two new houses are great but a drop in the bucket compared to what Star Supply would have provided.
“City Plan Chairman Ed Mattison asked for reassurance that the outside of the building would not be touched.
“Only a change in the windows, rendering them more energy efficient, said Kagan.”
Replacement windows can run from designs that are successful representations of the originals to horrendously inappropriate cheap substitutes. Imagine, for example, the leaded glass casements of this house replaced by blank sheets of glass clad in white vinyl.
Consider, on the other hand, the replacements Yale has used, now thousands of times, which are very hard to tell from the originals.
Did Chairman Mattison press for any details about what *sort* of energy efficient windows will be used?
Might architect Kagan like to offer reassurance?
Beautiful building, looks like a nice development. Speaking of Star Supply, does anyone know if that developer is still considering a new plan? Every time I pass through that area I think how amazing that would be (versus how dreary it currently is).
Both are wonderful projects. Great to see more life on that block of Crown Street. Hope that College/Crown development is still on track.
*CORRECTION* This article states: “The medical, dental, and psychiatric denizens of the first floor are already out, attorney Jim Segaloff reported on behalf of owners Henry Harrison and Ruth Lambert.” Actually, the first floor of 315 Whitney Ave is still entirely occupied by the 6 therapists who have been working there for many years.
[Ed.: Sorry. Correction made. Thanks.]