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    New Haven Farms Marks Fall With Health & Harvest
    by Allan Appel | Sep 24, 2014 2:37 pm
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    It Took A City To Raise A Greenhouse
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    Yet Another Wooster Square Housing Plan Debuts
    by Paul Bass & Liana Teixeira | Jun 17, 2014 8:06 am
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    City Launches Homebuyer Campaign



    by Thomas MacMillan | May 7, 2014 4:12 pm
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    Rat Escapes LCI; Landlord Doesn’t



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    Dwight Gardens Rescue Deal Reached by Paul Bass | Jan 24, 2014 8:05 am



    Dwight Gardens Rescue Deal Reached by Paul Bass | Jan 24, 2014 8:05 am
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    Hill’s Future Spotted In Philly



    Hill’s Future Spotted In Philly by Melissa Bailey | Dec 5, 2013 12:25 pm
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    A Greenhouse Rises In Newhallville



    by Thomas MacMillan | Oct 16, 2013 4:40 pm NEW HAVEN REGISTER NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT
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    Banks Begin To Budge
    by Paul Bass | Oct 15, 2013 3:16 pm
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    Smart Fights Developer’s “Insider Deal”
    by Melissa Bailey | Oct 4, 2013 3:29 pm Read More

    LCI “Partner” Scammed Millions From Venezuela
    by Paul Bass | Oct 7, 2013 7:36 am Read More

    A Lot Of House Envisioned For Little Lots by Paul Bass



    by Paul Bass | Jul 19, 2013 3:26 pm
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    'Sinking' New Haven homes to get state aid



    By Rachel Chinapen
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    Crack Houses Gone; $4M “Murray Place” Opens



    by Melissa Bailey | Jun 27, 2013 4:40 pm
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    Newhallville Bounces Back; House Will Get Built



    by Paul Bass | Jun 3, 2013 5:09 pm
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    Fair Haven Parade Draws 1,000



    Fair Haven Parade Draws 1,000 by Allan Appel | May 31, 2013 3:02 pm
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    Yale Flees Newhallville After Prof’s Mugging



    Yale Flees Newhallville After Prof’s Mugging by Thomas MacMillan | May 21, 2013 4:01 pm
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    Church Street South Gets Say In Hill’s Future
    Church Street South Gets Say In Hill’s Future by Allan Appel | May 30, 2013 12:04 pm
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    Back To The Future On Lilac Street
    by Thomas MacMillan | May 20, 2013 4:22 pm
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    Blight-Fighter Won’t Let Block Sink by Paul Bass | Apr 15, 2013 1:20 pm



    by Paul Bass | Apr 15, 2013 1:20 pm
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    City Condemns Top Slumlords’ Rooming House



    by Thomas MacMillan | Apr 11, 2013 8:11 am
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    Complex Flunks Fed Inspection, Rakes In Fed $$



    by Melissa Bailey | Mar 21, 2013 3:45 pm
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    In The Hill, Lots Of Opportunity Beckon



    By Paul Bass | Mar 20, 2013 4:22 pm
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    Storm Brings Inspectors To Church Street South



    by Melissa Bailey | Feb 13, 2013 10:42 am
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    New Haven using extra workers to handle massive mess of snow




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    Day Laborers Move The “Mountain”



    by Melissa Bailey | Feb 12, 2013 11:17 am
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    City Eyes 15 New Homes On The Q
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    (2/4/2013) by Allan Appel | Feb 4, 2013 7:59 amA gap-toothed smile along Quinnipiac Avenue may one day be complete, as the city eyes a plan to fill this long-vacant lot with 15 new homes.Livable City Initiative Executive Director Erik Johnson advanced that idea at a public meeting that drew two dozen Fair Haveners to the Benjamin Jepson School in Fair Haven Heights last Wednesday ...
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    City Files For Landlord’s Arrest
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    (1/25/2013) by Paul Bass | Jan 23, 2013 4:32 pm

    “Look,” Tyrone Moss declared as he came upon two squirming mice freshly snagged in the glue trap by his stove. “They still jumping up. They squeaking and trying to get away.”Moss was showing a visitor around his apartment on the fourth floor of 1523 Chapel St., a five-story apartment building at the corner of Winthrop Avenue. ...
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    FEMA Recovery Center Open in New Haven, Technical Assistance Available For Residents and Businesses Impacted by Storm Sandy
    (11/1/2012)

    FEMA Recovery Center Open in New Haven, Technical Assistance Available For Residents and Businesses Impacted by Storm Sandy. The City of New Haven's Office of Economic Development and the Livable City Initiative (Housing Department) are conducting storm damage assessments citywide. For those that qualify for assistance, federal aid may be available to address damages. FEMA has opened at disaster recovery ...
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    You Think Your Street Got Hit? Check Out Haven
    (11/1/2012)

    by Thomas MacMillan | Oct 30, 2012 2:22 pmJason Goodson had an unwelcome house guest drop by Monday night. When she left, everything in his bedroom was destroyed and soaking wet.Goodson lives in one of a half-dozen homes on Haven Street in Fair Haven that were damaged by flooding overnight as Superstorm Sandy swept through town.City crews’ initial ...
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    A Canine Fairy Tale In Fair Haven
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    (10/11/2012)

    by Allan Appel | Oct 11, 2012 2:09 pmA sweet young hound trapped in an abandoned house wailed for help. City workers swung to the rescue Thursday—and one of them ended up adopting the pooch.The canine fairy tale unfolded at Fillmore and Pine streets in Fair Haven.It occurred at 193 Pine, a boarded-up house that has been abandoned, and on the radar of ...
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    Westville Apartments Sell For Chart-Topping Price
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    (10/9/2012)

    by Melissa Bailey | Oct 9, 2012 2:02 pmWestville Apartments Sell For Chart-Topping PriceSingapore’s largest private bank found the best place to sink $41.65 million—a financially troubled apartment complex in Westville.Wintergreen of Westville, a 294-unit housing development at 400 Blake St., sold on Sept. 25 to UOB Eagle Rock Multifamily Property ...
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    Bank Of America Will Pay
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    (9/11/2012) by Paul Bass | Sep 7, 2012 3:08 pmA five-member taxpayer-paid crew whacked weeds, cleared trash, and attacked overgrown bushes at a boarded-up squatter- and drug-magnet of a hovel in Fair Haven on behalf of one of the nation’s largest megabanks. But the bill will come due—and New Haven, unlike other cities, is poised to collect.The clean-up took place Thursday ...
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    Foreclosures Burn Fair Haven; Maps Tell Tale
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    (8/27/2012) Foreclosures Burn Fair Haven; Maps Tell Taleby Thomas MacMillan | Aug 27, 2012 8:24 amSquatters urinate in the closets of abandoned homes. Backyards fill with tires and old mattresses. Porches turn into drug dens. And Julio Pena’s family tries to run a children’s daycare.That’s life in the epicenter of New Haven’s ongoing foreclosure epidemic.Pena (pictured), who’s ...
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    Rescued Hill Homes Up For Sale Again
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    (8/7/2012) by Melissa Bailey | Aug 2, 2012 12:01 pmJim Quish picked up a piece of paper in a trash-strewn room and uncovered a blueprint for abandoned rehab plans—plans the city is hoping someone like him will revive.Quish, who owns Integrated Building Services in Milford, joined a handful of developers Wednesday on Putnam Street, where the city held a walk-through for bidders interested ...
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    New Haven Farm / The Rise of Phoenix Pharm
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    (7/26/2012) Written by Melissa WaldronNew Haven, CT - To the average observer, the site in the photo might look like an uninhabitable, barren moon-scape vacant lot but to us at New Haven Farms, it’s a gorgeous, mouth-watering, hunka-hunka piece o’ land that is due to become the next New Haven Farms site!Welcome to Phoenix Pharm!On a humid Sunday July afternoon, almost 50 volunteers ...
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    Chickens, goats living in poor conditions seized from New Haven home
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    (7/17/2012) By William Kaempffer, Register Staffwkaempffer@nhregister.com / Twitter: @kaempffer1Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012NEW HAVEN — The city really got the goat of a Rock Hill Road resident Tuesday.Actually, two goats and a few dozen chickens to be precise.“We have approximately 24 chickens,” said Rafael Ramos, of the city’s Livable City ...
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    Little Foot & Pal Rescued
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    (7/17/2012) Little Foot & Pal Rescuedby Melissa Bailey | Jul 17, 2012 12:45 pmWith the help of some sweet-talking and a leather belt, Rafael Ramos and crew rescued two goats and 24 sickly chickens from a Fair Haven Heights home, where they had been kept without food or water in a basement and feces-ridden bedroom.The rescue took place Tuesday morning at 16 Rock Hill Rd., a short, dead-end ...
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    Blight Rx: Sell To Luis & Virginia? Or St. Luke’s?
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    (7/10/2012) Blight Rx: Sell To Luis & Virginia? Or St. Luke’s?by Paul Bass | Jul 9, 2012 12:07 pmAs potential buyers tramped through the rubble of an abandoned Dixwell house Monday, a Mexican-born couple hoped to move from an apartment across the street into their own renovated home. Leaders of a nearby church envisioned creating a home for returning war vets.And the city ...
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    Revitalizing New Haven's Neighborhoods
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    (6/25/2012) Revitalizing New Haven's NeighborhoodsNew Haven was known as the “model city”for a massive urban redesign in the 60sBy Where We Live - WNPRPublished: Jun 19, 2012Photo:Payton Chung, Creative CommonsNew Haven was once known as the “model city” - for a massive urban redesign in the 1950s and 60s.That renewal - 50 years later - has divided the city. Literally and emotionally. ...
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    City Makes First Anti-Blight Foreclosure
    (6/12/2012) City Makes First Anti-Blight Foreclosureby Thomas MacMillan | Jun 11, 2012 5:03 pmAfter an absentee landlord let a Clay Street home fester for years as a crack house, the property has been taken over by a local new landlord—the city.In a move that is the first of its kind in the state, the city has used a new municipal law to foreclose on a property at 129 Clay St., which ...
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    City Wants Its Workers To “Buy New Haven”
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    (5/11/2012) by Paul Bass | May 3, 2012 4:10 pmTaking a page from a political campaign opponent, City Hall unveiled a plan to convince teachers, cops, firefighters, and other government employees to buy homes in town.Officials call it a “Buy New Haven” campaign.Livable City Initiative (LCI) chief Erik Johnson introduced the planned campaign at a budget hearing this week. He’s asking ...
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    Two Fair Haven Blocks Revamped
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    (4/24/2012) BY Melissa Bailey | APR 13, 2012 11:01 AMConstruction workers tore into the remnants of a row of rundown houses as a not-for-profit builder launched a $13 million effort to remake Fair Haven streets.The demo took place this week on Murray Place, a paper street connecting Saltonstall to Wolcott.That’s one of two Fair Haven blocks where the builder, Mutual Housing, doing business ...
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    Failed Inspection? Slumlords Find New Inspector by Neena Satija
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    (12/12/2011) Failed Inspection? Slumlords Find New Inspectorby Neena Satija | Dec 13, 2011 11:04 amVirginia Garcia and her kids were home sweeping the floors and throwing out furniture. Not because they’re moving out—though they’d like to. But because mice and rats have gotten to nearly everything they own.When we were putting up our Christmas tree, I saw a shirt moving on the floor, recalled Garcia (pictured), who lives on 102 Haven St. with her five children.A ...
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    Slumlords Unload 9 Properties
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    (11/28/2011) by Neena Satija | Nov 28, 2011 8:07 amAfter milking them for years while stiffing banks and failing inspections, Janet Dawson and Michael Steinbach have unloaded a small chunk of their rental-house empire. Local property-flipper Wade Beecher (pictured) got his hands on four of them, on behalf of some well-heeled “Venezualan friends.”That is the latest twist in the saga of the Dawson-Steinbach empire, which includes hundreds of properties in poor city neighborhoods, many of them criticized ...
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    Ceiling Fell. Baby Died. Slumlords Paid Nothing
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    (11/20/2011) by Neena Satija | Nov 22, 2011 1:01 pmIt’s been more than two years since the bathroom ceiling in Delwanna Wiggins’ apartment caved in on her. It’s been four months since Apple Holdings LLC—one of New Haven slumlord Michael Steinbach’s corporate aliases—was ordered to pay her $30,665.50 in damages.Wiggins never got a cent.Steinbach, on the other hand, continued to collect rent for her apartment from the government long after the ceiling collapsed—courtesy of the taxpayer. Wiggins (pictured ...
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    Copper Thieves Cause Gas Leak
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    (11/2/2011) Copper Thieves Cause Gas Leakby Thomas MacMillan | Nov 9, 2011 12:57 pmThe morning after she ordered a vacant house on Saltonstall Avenue boarded up because thieves were making off with copper piping, Livable City Initiative staffer Laurie Lopez returned to find a funny smell in the air. Bandits had burgled one pipe too many—and started a gas leak.The gas company responded, then quickly called the fire and police departments, which evacuated neighboring buildings while the leak was contained.At ...
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    Building This School Is The Point
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    (11/1/2011) by Paul Bass | Nov 3, 2011 9:11 amSome 50 New Haven adults will go to school to learn new trades—by building the school themselves.They’ll be gut-rehabbing an abandoned shell of a former auto repair shop at 316 Dixwell Ave. into the new home for city government’s Construction Workforce Initiative.That’s the program, run by the Commission on Equal Opportunities’ Nichole Jefferson (pictured), aimed at helping train out-of-work adults for construction-related jobs currently booming in New ...
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    Trainer Smikle Is In The House
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    (11/1/2011) by Thomas MacMillan | Nov 3, 2011 11:12 amBefore he can begin to strengthen young fighters, Gary Smikle is looking to strengthen the windows of a new Dixwell youth boxing gym.On Wednesday afternoon, after a ceremony celebrating the imminent opening of the Elephant In The Room boxing gym at the corner of Henry and Orchard streets, Smikle held a brief consultation about putting bars on the windows. He discussed options with his part-time employer, John Murphy, the head of a construction company ...
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    Slumlords Stiff Banks—& Rake In Sec. 8 Bucks
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    (11/1/2011) by Neena Satija | Nov 2, 2011 11:08 amPoverty landlords Janet Dawson and Michael Steinbach found a way to make money in the recession—stop paying the bank, let properties deteriorate, but continue collecting tens of thousands of dollars a month in checks from New Haven’s housing authority.The Housing Authority of New Haven (HANH) is sending Section 8 federal rent subsidy checks to Dawson’s and Steinbach’s various corporate entities for at least 73 rental apartments, according to HANH. ...
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    CITY FORECLOSURE REGISTRATION STILL IN EFFECT
    (9/19/2011) The State of Connecticut HB 6351 has no effect on the City of New Haven Ordinance.All Foreclosing Entities who have initiated a Foreclosure Process on any Residential Property must register each property with the Director, or his designee, on forms provided by the Director, or his designee, along with the registration fee detailed below. This registration must be received by the Director, or his designee, within seven (7) days after the Foreclosing Entity’s Initiation of the Foreclosure Process. ...
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    LCI Helps Residents in Need Post Hurricane Irene
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    After Tenant’s Fall, Reyes Leaps To Landlord’s Aid
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    (7/1/2011) By: Paul Bass & Thomas MacMillan | Jul 1, 2011 2:10 pm“I’m not a criminal,” a tearful 78-year-old retired schoolteacher said in court Friday while awaiting arraignment on 28 counts of code violations at a Newhallville property she owns.Meanwhile, her niece lay in a hospital bed recovering from a fall from the property’s second-floor porch. And a prominent local developer who also happened to be in court stepped forward with an offer to finish fixing the property for free.Those are the ...
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    New Haven woman injured in fall from 2nd-story porch; landlord later arrested
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    (7/1/2011) Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011By Register Staff / Contact UsTwitter: @nhregisterClick to enlargeNEW HAVEN — A 59-year-old woman fell face first about 20 feet after a balcony railing gave way in the Newhallville neighborhood.Her 79-year-old landlord later was arrested on a year-old warrant charging her with failing to appear in court to address 28 housing code violations that she failed to fix.The victim was identified as Julia Blackmon, who lives in a third-floor apartment ...
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    City Spotted Deadly Dangers; Feds Gave OK
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    (2/22/2011) BY: Melissa Bailey Jan 19, 2011Melissa Guffey and her loved ones huddled at the Omni Hotel after escaping a dangerous living situation at Church Street South that the feds deemed safe—even as city inspectors chased after the landlord to eliminate a deadly carbon monoxide threat.Guffey, who’s 23, was holed up at the Omni Tuesday afternoon with her son, Jariel, and her boyfriend, Ivan Cortes, 23 (pictured). They were hiding out from the freezing rain falling outside—and from living conditions ...
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    Sale of 477 Prospect Street (From New Haven Independent)
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    (1/26/2011) Luxury Condos Or Low-Cost Rentals?by Thomas MacMillan | Jan 26, 2011 7:40 amLooking at a vacant school house, one developer sees rental apartments for under $1,000 a month. Another is set on “New York style, chic, urban” luxury condos selling for $250,000.Those are two of four visions for the old Lovell Elementary School building at 45 Nash St. The three-story brick building was left vacant last summer after the city ended the CT Scholars program, part of Wilbur Cross High School, which ...
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    LCI is pleased to announce the launch of its new departmental website.
    The new website offers up-to-date information about LCI's programs and efforts. It allows staff to regularly update relevant news and program changes to residents, homeowners and developers. LCI welcomes any suggestions to continue to improve its website. Please feel free send feedback using the online form on the new website. And keep checking back for regular updates.
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    Dwight Coop Rescue Advances
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    (9/23/2010) Sept. 23, 2010 (from New Haven Independent)The rehabilitation of the 80-unit Dwight Cooperative apartments on Edgewood Avenue moved forward Wednesday, as the City Plan Commission formally approved an agreement designed to rescue the foreclosed property that had been falling into eye-sore status. Garfield Spencer (at left in photo), who owns the Bridgeport-based First National Development Corporation, has been selected to do the work. The project will be called Dwight Gardens.Spencer ...
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    City Takes Aim At Blighted Home
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    (6/4/2010) June 4, 2010 (from New Haven Independent)Asbestos-laden siding that fell near an infant’s home has been carted away, after the city swung a new “stick” at the owner of an East Shore home that’s been falling apart for years. The threatened penalty—a $100 fine per day, per code violation—was issued last month in a civil citation to the owners of 9 Doty Place. The lettermarked the first time the city has enforced a beefed-up anti-blight ordinance signed into law last September.The crackdown ...
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    New LCI Chief
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    (1/5/2010) January 5, 2010 (from New Haven Independent)After a year with no permanent director, the city has tapped a new chief to take over its anti-blight agency.Erik Johnson, a New Haven native currently working in D.C., has been chosen as executive director of the Livable City Initiative.Johnson is due to start Feb. 1, according to Economic Development Administrator Kelly Murphy, who announced the news Monday in a letter to aldermen.Johnson will end a year-long flux for the agency, which ...
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