78 Olive Street Community Meeting is Monday at 7
Dear Ward 7 Neighbors and Friends,
This email contains info about:
- Monday's community meeting about the proposed rezoning and development at 78 Olive St
- A heads up about a potential heavy snowstorm over the weekend
I'm looking forward to hosting a community discussion with the Downtown Wooster Square CMT and other neighbors about the proposal to develop 78 Olive Street, an important site between Wooster Square and Downtown and next to State Street station.
Background on the proposal:
The developer PMC Property Group applied for a zone change to their property at 78 Olive St, which is bordered by Olive, Chapel, Court, and the train tracks. The site currently has 148 apartments in the renovated Strouse Adler building. This zone change would allow 136 additional apartments to be built on the site in a proposed 13-story apartment building facing Chapel Street. At the City Plan Commission meeting last Wednesday, the zone change was supported by the city's Economic Development department and favorably recommended by the City Plan Commission. You can read more about the proposed project here, and you can view documents about the project provided by PMC here.
The virtual community meeting about 78 Olive St will be this Monday, January 31st, at 7 pm. If you'd like to learn more about the proposed development, ask PMC questions, or provide feedback, input, or comments about the project, please join us at the following link:
At the meeting, we'll be particularly focused on discussing:
Please come out to Monday's meeting to talk about these issues and and share your thoughts and ideas!
- The need for affordable housing in any development of 78 Olive St
- Proposals for pedestrian and bike safety around the site, including a path through the property and improved crosswalks
- Fire safety, including the potential need for a fire lane to run through the site
- A proposal to building a “backdoor” to the State Street Train Station platforms from the PMC property
- Landscaping improvements to the property, including the long-requested planted buffer on Court Street
This weekend, Connecticut is preparing for a potentially major snowstorm. New Haven can expect to receive 5 to 10 inches of snow. WTNH predicts the snow will begin Saturday morning and taper off that night.
Remember to shovel your sidewalks and check in on your elderly neighbors and others who may need assistance. I'll send out a note when we have the details about a parking ban and other updates. Stay warm and safe!
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Alder Eli Sabin
Ward 7, New Haven