Pitch Promises Paperless Problem-Solving

by Thomas Breen | Jan 15, 2019 7:55 am | Comments (4)

Thomas Breen photoA building 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 with a camera and internet access to document the issue.

Those electronic notes are then plotted on a map, where both building department colleagues and officials citywide can track and address the needs of city residents as they crop up in real time.

City officials laid out that utopia of tech-assisted municipal services as they convinced alders of the merits of two new Information Technology (IT) contracts.

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Demolition Turns Into Historic Opportunity

by Allan Appel | Jan 11, 2019 7:49 am | Comments (6)

Allan Appel PhotoThe 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.

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Housing Panel Targets Zoning, Suburbs

by Thomas Breen | Jan 10, 2019 12:01 pm | Comments (27)

Thomas Breen photoPass 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.

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