YNHH Withdraws From Brookside

Melissa Bailey File PhotoYale-New Haven Hospital has abandoned plans to build an outpost clinic in West Rock, and the city housing authority is looking for other tenants to serve hundreds of families at the reborn Brookside development.

Yale-New Haven came close to signing an agreement with the Housing Authority of New Haven (HANH) to open a facility to provide dental, pediatric, and geriatric services at a new commercial space at 120-122 Wilmot Rd., a complement to the Brookside housing complex that’s rising in West Rock on the grave of demolished projects.

Yale-New Haven has decided not to proceed with the clinic because of government fiscal concerns, hospital spokesman Vin Petrini said in an interview last week.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty in the state and the federal budget right now,” he said. “We’ve had to reconsider some of the initiatives” the hospital had planned.

Yale-New Haven stands to lose $17 million in funding, according to the latest state budget, Petrini said. “It puts a little more of a strain” on the system.

Petrini said while the hospital will not create a new facility in West Rock, it has capacity at its existing clinics for the 1,000 families who’ll be moving back to Brookside starting next February. “We’re still one of the largest providers of dental and primary care services for children and adults,” he said. West Rock residents will be welcome at YNHH’s new dental facility in Hamden, which has room for more clients, he said.

Petrini said the hospital’s withdrawal is no reflection on the development.

“We think it’s a great project,” he said, and Yale-New Haven wishes it success.

The hospital had been negotiating to lease 50 percent of a commercial space that aims to complement the 425 new apartments and homes currently being built nearby.

The housing authority plans to replace an abandoned strip mall and three former churches at 122 Wilmot Rd. with 9,000 square feet of retail space, as well as 47 units of housing for seniors and people with disabilities. Work is set to start in October, according to Jimmy Miller, HANH’s deputy executive director.

Allan Appel File PhotoMiller (pictured) said Friday he was “hopeful” that Yale-New Haven would take the space. He said he doesn’t want just any tenant for the space: “We want tenants who ware going to provide a service that’s going to be beneficial to the community.” When he presented the idea to aldermen in April, he called the hospital an ideal tenant.

Miller said he is close to signing a deal with another tenant that seeks to build a laundromat and mini-mart in 50 percent of the retail space. He will now offer that tenant the full retail space, he said.

The commercial space is being put together by The Glendower Group, the housing authority’s development arm. Miller said Glendower had held off on negotiating with other interested parties because Yale-New Haven was the preferred tenant for the space.

“We’ve delayed our outreach because we were trying to consummate the deal with Yale-New Haven,” Miller said. However, he said, “We never had our eggs in one basket.”

“Now that that deal has fallen through, we will accelerate our discussions” with other interested tenants. He said the housing authority will be issuing a Request for Proposals for a broker to help in leasing the building.

“I don’t have any emotion about it at this moment,” he replied. “They decided that it wasn’t in their best interest. Our goal is to go to the next step.”

His goal is to have tenants under contract by the time the agency breaks ground on 122 Wilmot Rd. in October. 

“We are confident that we will find the two or three firms needed to lease the space,” he said.

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posted by: anon on May 23, 2011  9:28am

Will the “mini mart” serve healthy food?

posted by: NewHavenerToo on May 23, 2011  9:45am

Maybe the housing authority should check into offering the space to Community Action Agency.

posted by: SaveOurCity on May 23, 2011  10:24am

Thanks to our irresponsible gov’t ...its not only traditional ‘businesses’ that are having to scale back with big taxes looming.  Here is an anohter example of out of control spending hurting the little guy. 

Should we realy be propping up overpaid union jobs at the expense of local healthcare for teh lower classes?

posted by: Melissa Mathews on May 23, 2011  11:12am

Continue the great work that you are doing for the community Mr. Miller.

posted by: click click on May 23, 2011  3:57pm

To SaveOurCity,
Are you kidding me? Overpaid city unions? Our cops make below average pay compared to other PD’s in CT as does our FD and teachers. What are you talking about? And the government should FIRST cut all welfare and programs for the lower class because they are “hand outs” at the expense of tax paying middle class, i.e. 99% union workers who wake up go to work and pay taxes. How about our fellow NH citizens who sit on their ass all day, eat, and complain about not getting enough money from the government, I mean my tax dollars.

posted by: Anon on May 24, 2011  9:21pm

A thousand families. it is breathtaking.

NYT, Dec 26, 1999, “Q & A with Robert Solomon; Addressing Problems at Housing Authority” by Melinsa Tuhus.


“Q. What’s your biggest challenge with the authority?

A. The age and isolation of the housing stock, because major revitalization is expensive. There are three New Havens, not two. There’s the well-off, the poor, and the poor who live in public housing.”

Isolation of the housing stock.  Wilmot and Brookside were the definition of geographic isolation, and every other kind of isolation. When people talked about isolation, they were chief among the examples. They were what was meant by it.

Built on the edge of the city, on the site of its old poor house, during an era where every poor house in every town was placed as far from the city center as possible, on the city line, they communicated what that always communicates: as far out of sight and as far from Yale students as humanly possible.

So, fast forward 12 years and we take over what,  35-percent? of the families in public housing in New Haven and move them to a new cluster of public housing on the site of the last, failed, and most isolated of all new haven public housing ever built? 

I just don’t would like to know what in this era one will try to do next with a straight face.  Wow. 

And at the same time, it is impossible not to notice the wall of blue, the patrol officers on foot beats gusrding the four corners of downtown that separate the poor new haven from the Yale new haven. it is unmistakable. On any evening, posted right at Dwight and Chapel, the borderline.

Yale threw in the towel, is angry and is spinning in the the next phase of a 200-year-old cycle. nothing solved. Hypocrites walk, nobody talks.

posted by: LyndaFayeWilson on May 25, 2011  10:21am

It is somewhat saddening to know that Yale New Haven Hospital chose to back-down from what was seemingly “Great"endeavour on Wilmot Road. I especially am focusing on the people of the ELDERLY UNIT.  But, I adore the tenacious vision of Mr. Miller.  Though it may not be a clinic setting, a local laundry can be life enhancing as well. Perhaps, a mini-super market would be as enhancing to potential residents of that area. After-All, even in these economic disparities (hopefully temporary) we are experiencing, we ALL need clean clothes and bed-linens.  And as well, we ALL must eat to survive.