by Allan Appel | Jan 16, 2019 4:51 pm | Comments (1)
A leaky roof stains ceilings. People enter at all hours past lax security. Kitchens are cramped, an elevator often broken, bathrooms covered with mildew.
A top-to-bottom renovation is aimed at fixing those and other problems at two1970s-vintage public-housing complexes for the elderly and disabled, aided by a new legal run around federal cuts.
Continue reading ‘Tool Found To Land $18.7M For Repairs’
by Paul Bass | Jan 16, 2019 9:42 am | Comments (16)
(Updated with Harp response) Surrounded by his wife and two young daughters, Justin Elicker filed papers Wednesday to challenge incumbent Toni Harp for mayor — and opened with a focus on cleaning up lead paint in children’s homes and money fueling election campaigns.
Continue reading ‘Rematch On: Elicker Files For Mayor Run; Targets Lead Paint, Seeks Public Financing’
by Markeshia Ricks | Jan 16, 2019 7:41 am | Comments (8)
After a spate of burglaries, Westville Village businesses are on the lookout for people trying to break into their stores and offices, while moving ahead with a revival of the commercial neighborhood.
Continue reading ‘Burglaries Test Westville Businesses’
by Paul Bass & Thomas Breen | Jan 15, 2019 5:33 pm | Comments (20)
The Board of Education gave its chief operating officer a six-figure going-away present, in return for a promise not to file suit against it or make disparaging public statements about public officials.
He will be allowed to talk to, say, the feds if they come asking questions.
Continue reading ‘Clark Paid $102,797.54 Not To Sue’
by Christopher Peak | Jan 15, 2019 2:55 pm | Comments (7)
Five more school administrators plan to retire at the end of the school year, including an advocate for bilingual education and the administrators union president.
Continue reading ‘Top Administrators Set To Retire’
by Thomas Breen | Jan 15, 2019 7:55 am | Comments (4)
A code inspector notices a leaky roof, or a contractor working without a permit. Instead of reaching for a pen and a pad of paper, she uses a tablet and internet-assisted camera to document the problem — which then shows up on a map shared with otherproblem-solvers.
City officials laid out that tech-assisted utopia as they convinced alders to advance two Information Technology contracts.
Continue reading ‘Pitch Promises Paperless Problem-Solving’
by Christopher Peak & Paul Bass | Jan 14, 2019 8:35 pm | Comments (16)
Darnell Goldson went from being the subject of a vague investigation Monday to receiving a public apology from the schools superintendent — and then being reelected president of the Board of Education.
Continue reading ‘Goldson “Exonerated,” Reelected Prez’
by Thomas Breen | Jan 14, 2019 12:39 pm | Comments (9)
Lounge chairs covered in dust. A scraped wooden dance floor. A hulking bar the shape of a boat. And a broken down kitchen stocked with one last bottle of anisette.
Parking commissioners found those dance-club relics as they toured the vacant Crown Street Garage commercial space, slated to become New Haven’s next hot spot music venue.
Continue reading ‘“They’ve Got To Gut Everything”’
by Allan Appel | Jan 14, 2019 7:44 am
He was a young pitcher in the Negro Leagues when the New York Yankees came to his door to recruit him.
No way, his father, Bishop Enoch Stallings, of the Church of God and Saints of Christ in the Dwight neighborhood, told the scouts. “This boy is going to sing in the choir.”
Continue reading ‘Legend Laid To Rest, In Style’
by Christopher Peak | Jan 11, 2019 4:17 pm | Comments (3)
A barrier-breaking cop walked away from the job with a five-figure check and two letters of recommendation, after suing her former boss for harassment, intimidation and discrimination.
Continue reading ‘City Settles With Cop Captain For $50K’
by Liese Klein | Jan 11, 2019 12:20 pm | Comments (2)
The land is vacant, the sellers are willing and the park ranger is eager to blaze some new trails for hikers. Now all the town of Hamden has to do is figure out how to match a $432,250 state grant recently awarded to obtain adjacent property and expand Brooksvale Park.
Continue reading ‘Brooksvale To Add 42 Acres—If $‘s Found’
by Allan Appel | Jan 11, 2019 7:49 am | Comments (6)
The 90-day clock has begun to tick for the demolition of 71 Shelton Ave., a long-vacant 1915 building in the Winchester Repeating Arms Historic District in Newhallville.
That’s because contamination from its life in the early 1960s as a site for the fabrication of nuclear fuel components is too serious for any option other than a take-down and removal including the concrete slab foundation and at least two feet of soil underneath.
The gleaming silver lining for the loss of this historic structure is that as “mitigation” or compensation, the Goffe Street Armory — nearby and with a related historical context but technically not within the historic district — can be researched and then nominated for a place on the National Historic Register.
With that designation, the city-owned armory becomes eligible for a host of preservation grants and tax credit programs that down the road may contribute significantly to preserving it and giving it a new, repurposed life.
Continue reading ‘Demolition Turns Into Historic Opportunity’
by Paul Bass | Jan 10, 2019 4:59 pm | Comments (13)
Officers grabbed a fleeing man who had allegedly just shot at a cop. Then they kept him talking and applied first aid until medics could arrive on the scene.
Continue reading ‘Cops Helped Keep Shooter Alive’
by Paul Bass | Jan 10, 2019 3:17 pm | Comments (5)
Walter Livingston Morton IV knew what was at stake when Hamden tried to figure out how to bring its schools into racial “balance” — because he had walked students’ shoes himself.
Continue reading ‘Race Complicated Schools Shake-Up’
by Thomas Breen | Jan 10, 2019 12:01 pm | Comments (27)
Pass an inclusionary zoning ordinance. Let the housing authority build outside of New Haven. Set up a public database of affordable housing resources. And create a new affordable housing commission to stay on top of local, state, and federal policy changes.
Those are just a handful of the dozens of recommendations the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force plans to send to the Board of Alders regarding how to legislatively address the city’s affordable housing crisis.
Continue reading ‘Housing Panel Targets Zoning, Suburbs’