Chatham Square

“Strong School District” Plan Evolves

by Allan Appel | Oct 1, 2018 3:07 pm | Comments (11)

Convert a funky parking lot into a local market that remains open at night.

How about another coffee shop?

Pick up the trash in the park more regularly.

Turn a long-vacant but historic school building into a model for inclusionary housing. 

And don’t forget to launch that oyster boat business—a a local tourism-oriented vessel that echoes the oystering history of the area that would offer sunset cruises of the river and local historic locales.

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Neighbors Lacerate Strong School Proposal

by Allan Appel | Jul 27, 2017 1:11 pm | Comments (23)

Newman ArchitectsAllan Appel PhotoMicro-apartments? Wrong for a family neighborhood.

Monthly rents up to $1,700? Non-starters for middle-to-low-income Fair Haven.

This developer? Troubling track record.

Fair Haveners bombarded a selection committee with that take on a developer’s proposal to buy the shuttered Strong School from the city for $500,000 and spend $16.7 million converting it into apartments.

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Fair Haven Meets Its New Top Cop

by Allan Appel | Jul 20, 2017 4:02 pm

Allan Appel PhotoIn the coming days Lt. David Zannelli plans to pull into Anastasio’s Boat House Cafe on Front Street by the Quinnipiac River. He’s going to order a sandwich, or more likely a salad.

And after that he’ll be lunching or meeting with colleagues at as many local eateries as possible.

That’s because Fair Haven’s new top cop is a believer not only in getting to know local businesses but in supporting them, especially those whose owners are community-minded.

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Mural Makes Over Vacant Former Strong School

by Lucy Gellman | Jul 10, 2017 12:13 pm | Comments (6)

Lucy Gellman PhotoSarah Miller PhotoJust off Grand Avenue, an African woman carries a bundled baby on her back, a purple cloth pressing up into her hair. A half-pigeon, half-dove with pink and blue-green wings flies above. Just a few feet to the left, an activist steps forward, bangled, purple fist slicing the air triumphantly. The Quinnipiac River bridge beckons behind her.

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