Housing boom brings 800 new units to New Haven
(6/29/2013) New Haven Register - New Haven is on the cusp of another rental housing boom, mainly downtown, with hundreds of units planned through renovations and new construction, while other conceptual plans are making progress.
Located in a former iconic bank building, a firearms factory, a shuttered orphanage, once stately private residences, as well as surface parking lots, they will add to the density of housing that businesses hope mean more customers.
More than 800 apartments are in the works, while longer-term proposals look at 524 additional units in a mixed retail-housing plan for the former Coliseum site in the Ninth Square and a doubling of apartments at Church Street South to 600, also with a mix of retail.
City Planner Karyn Gilvarg said years ago there were fears among property owners, particularly in the East Rock area, that they would be squeezed out when the Yale swing dorm off Tower Parkway was eventually opened for use by its law school students after renovation of the undergraduate residential colleges was complete.
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