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VERY IMPORTANT Public Hearings That Will Change the Character of Historic Whitney Avenue, East Rock, and the Lincoln-Bradley Neighborhood

Yale University has filed plans to demolish the historic buildings and landscape at 155-175 Whitney Avenue (across from the Peabody Museum) and build a gigantic new facility for the School of Organization and Management.

The gargantuan scale, inharmonious design, traffic and public safety impacts, poor planning for pedestrians and bikes, negative impact  the peace and quality of life of adjacent residential properties and neighborhoods are all of great concern.

Your participation can help re-shape the proposal to fit the neighborhood and make it a good addition to the city.

The City of New Haven’s judgement that this incongruous design “sets significant standards for any subsequent development in this neighborhood” means that this development could have profound impacts throughout the Whitney Avenue area.

Public comment on the plan and controversial zone change to a “Planned Development District PDD” will be heard by the Legislative Committee of the Board of Aldermen.

Schedule for Public Hearings:

Hearing One
Thursday, January 28, 2010
City Hall,165 Church Street,  Aldermanic Chambers
6-9 PM
1. Yale University presentation and City discussion of the use of a PDD
2. Public Questions and Comments

Hearing Two (Continuation)
City Hall,165 Church Street,  Aldermanic Chambers
6-9 PM
TO BE ANNOUNCED – possibility February 25 or March 9
(Contact the League or  your Alderman for updates)

1. Expert Testimony on behalf of community and residential constituencies
2. Public  Questions and Comments

It is very important that you come!

Need more information about the plan? Please contact us.

Route 34 West

8 December 2008

TO: City of New Haven Workshop on Route 34 West
RE: Draft proposal for new streets and blocks for the Route 34 West area

The New Haven Urban Design League has prepared this draft proposal to encourage discussion of alternate street and block patterns for the Route 34 West area. The current street system of two one-way arteries was created as an interim road pattern, to be superseded by a limited access highway spur connecting to regional ring-roads. These temporary roads were designed to accommodate high-speed, high-volume traffic. And although temporary, the roads have established, through their design and the habits of 30 years of use, an exclusive and destructive definition of this area’s purpose as being for the use of automobiles. Even as an automobile environment, the road system has failed: it has been a primary locus of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths.

The City of New Haven’s most current plans call for the establishment of neighborhood-linked cross-streets and new traffic lights. These are good measures; they could ameliorate some of the problems of high speeds and lack of connectivity. But none of the options go to the root of the problem: the one-way streets themselves. Our draft plan provides one option for creating a two-way system based on a single boulevard. There have also been proposals to create two two-way avenues. We hope the city and the community will explore all of these.

Benefits this proposal addresses:

  • Eliminates disruptive and dangerous high volume traffic along Legion Avenue through the project area, laying a foundation for mixed-use development;
  • Joins existing West River neighborhood blocks with the new project area providing extension of neighborhood identity;
  • Promotes connectivity with residential areas south of Legion Avenue;
  • Continues scale of existing neighborhood street pattern;
  • Provides traffic calming by directing flow away from straight line “race track”, and by creating two-way traffic on Legion Avenue;
  • Improves pedestrian safety by eliminating half the intersections along the corridor;
  • Creates a simpler and safer intersection with Ella Grasso Boulevard;
  • Two-way boulevard reduces vehicle miles traveled in a congested and polluted zone;
  • Lays a foundation for comprehensive planning with the Connector removal project to the east of the Air Rights Garage;
  • Facilitates planning for mass transit by defining a single arterial boulevard.