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Major new housing proposed in New Haven’s Hill neighborhood
This article appeared in The New Haven Register on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. View the original article here.
NEW HAVEN — Plans for close to another 200 apartments in the Hill neighborhood have been submitted for city approval as Randy Salvatore moves quickly to bring life to what has been a sea of asphalt parking lots for decades.
His latest proposal is for two apartment complexes, each six-stories high, across the street from each other.
On the triangular parcel bordered by Congress and Washington avenues at the intersection of Lafayette Street, which is the smaller of the two parcels being developed, Salvatore plans to build 90 apartments with a 45-car parking garage under the building.
There will be 70 one-bedroom units; 15 two-bedroom units and 5 three-bedroom units. For both complexes, 30 percent of the units will be affordable under state guidelines, provided that subsidies can be secured.
The second apartment building will be located on a parcel bordered on the east by Washington Avenue, on the south by Lafayette Street and on the north by St. Anthony’s Church.
This complex will house 104 residential units consisting of 85 one-bedroom units; 14 two-bedroom units and 5 three-bedroom units for a total of 194 apartments between the two complexes.
Both parcels under development are bordered by land owned by Yale University. Currently Yale uses each of them as parking lots, while they share one parking lot with the church.
Salvatore has again hired the firm of architect Kenneth Boroson to design the complexes.
His latest construction projects will feature amenity space on the first floor that will include a gymnasium and a study area with more recreational space on the second floor, both for tenant use only.
For the larger building, there will be 52 parking spaces on the site with 35 spaces in a garage under the building. The smaller building will have 15 bicycle spaces, while the larger one will accommodate 33 bicycles
The development land agreement with the city requires that a building on the slightly smaller lot not exceed 70 feet in height. The proposed building is 68 feet high, but a lobby for the elevator and primary staircase, as well as a secondary staircase to the roof deck will exceed 70 feet.
The developer will seek approval of these projections above the roof.
New street lights, sidewalks and trees are planned for both complexes.
Salvatore, who owns RMS Companies out of Stamford, has broken ground for construction of 110 other units nearby at the corner of Gold Street and Washington Avenue with 30 more approved through the conversion of the Welch Annex School on Prince Street behind St. Anthony’s Church.
When he is finished, the new construction will fill almost two blocks in the Hill and change empty space to a new residential section.
Salvatore will be paying the city $1.2 million for a total of 11.5 acres, a development that is expected to eventually feature some commercial construction, and is expected to cost $100 million.
A prolific developer in New Haven as well as Fairfield County, he is also involved in projects in Hartford.
He was a partner in the restoration of the Goodwin Hotel in the capital city and has submitted plan to develop the four parcels that surround Hartford’s Dunkin Donuts Park, its new minor league ballpark
The developer’s first project in New Haven was the Novella apartments on Chapel Street, which he recently sold, while an extended-stay hotel is also under construction on High Street.