City plan commissioners signed off on the final site plan and design for the new Q House, thus bringing the resurgent Dixwell community center one step closer to becoming a reality nearly 15 years after it last closed its doors.
Anthony Camposano wasn’t folding. He was looking at a large pile of used clothes, furniture, bikes and home appliances abandoned by an evicted household. He hoped that somewhere inside would be a tool he could resell.
Mary Brown has lived across the street from Goffe Street Park for 60 years. She has watched the plot of land, currently including a baseball field, basketball court and playground, morph into “not being kept up like when I was a kid.
Thousands of New Haveners lined the street in Dixwell and Newhallville Sunday afternoon for a parade that has been marching through the city’s historic African American neighborhoods — and bringing pride — for over half a century.
Sixth-graders Alia Jones and Joseph Saunders had learned that the former Goffe Street Special School for Colored Children —now the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Masons at Sperry and Goffe—was the city’s first school for African-American kids and adults.
They also had learned the school opened up shortly after the Civil War. They certainly knew what the Civil War was about.
However, they did not know that only white teachers were allowed in the early years. That really bothered the African-American students, who set about to make some changes.
The city’s anti-blight agency voted to sell two vacant Munson Street lots to a faith-based nonprofit housing developer to bolster the affordable rental market in a stretch of Dixwell-Newhallville that is on the cusp of overflowing with market-rate apartments.
Dixwell neighbors are used to developers trying to woo them with plans for apartments, leaving them asking “‘affordable’ for whom?”
They were pleased not to be asking that question after hearing Thursday night about the details of a new planned gateway to their neighborhood with 70 mostly lower-income apartments on a now-vacant lot once known for barbecue.
by Markeshia Ricks & Thomas Breen | Apr 23, 2018 4:19 pm | Comments (21)
The latest plans for a new apartment complex at the border of the Dixwell and Newhallville neighborhoods show slightly more apartments than had been previously pitched to neighbors and a less prominent “moat” of parking around the rest of the site.