by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 18, 2019 7:33 am | Comments (8)
With an eye toward stabilizing neighborhoods through homeownership, the city’s anti-blight agency got the green light to purchase a bank-foreclosed property before slumlords get their hands on it.
Continue reading ‘LCI Races Slumlords To Property’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 15, 2019 4:47 pm | Comments (4)
Building Official Jim Turcio knew his grandfather built houses in New Haven. He just didn’t know where.
Thanks to a massive new scanning effort that will see over one million pages of city building permits moved online, Turcio can now point to a handful of 70-year-old East Shore ranch houses that were built by his dad’s dad.
When the digitization project is through, anyone with an internet connection will be able to do the same.
Continue reading ‘City Digitizing Centuries Of Construction History’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 15, 2019 7:59 am | Comments (14)
The city condemned a two-family home that two Guilford-based landlords had illegally converted into a five-unit rooming house. Four tenants were displaced.
The landlords’ — and their citywide tenants’ — problems may have just begun.
Continue reading ‘House Condemned; Tenants Displaced’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 12, 2019 7:57 pm | Comments (12)
From electrical insulation to custom art frames.
A Fair Haven factory is about to make that transition as a Brooklyn-based frame manufacturer moves to town and a heavy industrial manufacturer rolls out, in the city’s latest property transactions.
Continue reading ‘50 Factory Jobs Coming To Fair Haven’
by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 7, 2019 4:18 pm | Comments (10)
A private buyer got a step closer to transforming a blighted two-family home in the Hill into affordable housing, after an extended debate that ended with a tighter rehab deadline and a vow to demand more from people who buy property from the city.
Continue reading ‘Sale OK’d, With Tighter Deadline’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 6, 2019 8:11 am | Comments (11)
Would a homeless person’s bill of rights protect the the city’s most vulnerable from discrimination? Or tie the hands of city police who need to enforce the law?
That question was at the center of a three-hour public hearing about how best to codify the city’s support for homeless residents.
Continue reading ‘Homeless Bill Of Rights Sparks Debate’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 4, 2019 1:02 pm | Comments (11)
Nobody likes vacant lots. But publish an online map identifying city-owned lots, and maybe more residents will come forward to buy, build, and return them to tax rolls.
That and other land management recommendations arose during a conversation with city staff about boosting revenue and cutting costs.
Continue reading ‘“People’s Budget” Targets Empty Lots’
by Thomas Breen | Feb 4, 2019 7:37 am | Comments (4)
A Fairfield County developer sold a 60-unit Whalley Avenue apartment complex for $2.2 million more than he paid for it before fixing it up, in one of the latest land transactions in town.
Continue reading ‘Brendan Towers Sold For $6M+’
by Christopher Peak | Jan 31, 2019 7:54 am | Comments (3)
As temperatures dropped into the single digits on Wednesday night, beat cops fanned out across the city searching for anyone who might be at risk of freezing to death.
Continue reading ‘Amid Freeze, Cops Look Out For Homeless’
by Staff | Jan 30, 2019 12:06 pm | Comments (7)
Zoning reform is great. But don’t forget the homeless.
That message is at the center of the Room for All coalition’s to the Affordable Housing Task Force’s final report and 44 recommendations on how to make New Haven a place where low-income residents can afford to live.
Continue reading ‘Housing Activists On New Report: Don’t Forget Homeless’