The following is an excerpt from the Yale Daily News on the approval for the new Yale University residential buildings by Elena Malloy.
New Haven residents and city officials are embracing Yale’s plan to break ground on two new residential colleges next year — in sharp contrast with the city’s reaction when the University unveiled a similar project 42 years ago.
This past June, Yale University President Peter Salovey announced that the University had reached its $500 million fundraising goal for the new residential colleges. This announcement, along with site approvals the University has already received from the Board of Alders and the City Planning Commission, clears the way for Yale to begin construction early next year. Although individual city departments, such as the Department of Transportation, Traffic & Parking, must still approve the site plans, City Hall spokesman Laurence Grotheer said that all major hurdles for construction have been cleared and the plans will most likely go forward.
Grotheer, along with several local residents and other city officials, said the project will serve as an impetus for economic growth and financially benefit the city of New Haven. Former Mayor and current New Haven resident John DeStefano Jr. said that because New Haven’s economy is rooted in “knowledge-based enterprises,” growing the city’s principal research institution will increase economic activity.
Perhaps most directly impacted by the expansion will be residents of Ward 22, where the two new residential colleges will join four other colleges already situated in the ward, which also includes the Dixwell neighborhood.