The following excerpt is from an article in the New Haven Register written by Mary E. O’Leary.
A neighborhood eyesore will be converted to 235 apartments in the Goatville section of East Rock with portions preserved as a tribute to the city’s industrial past.
Andy Montelli of Post Road Residential in Fairfield is redeveloping the 3.1 acre industrial site in the Upper State Street Historic District in two distinct parts.
City and development officials Wednesday were at the ground-breaking for the project that was defined by neighborhood input around design and parking needs under leadership of Alder Jessica Holmes, D-9.
Mayor Toni Harp said it is important for cities such as New Haven, with a relatively small land mass, to blend new buildings with historic structures and residences with retail.
She said this totally private development is an example of the city’s “red hot real estate market,” that is attracting outside investors. The building along Lawrence Street will be kept with a restaurant likely on the first floor and three apartments upstairs.