Shartenberg site receives nine suitors
(8/16/2006) NEW HAVEN – Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. announced today that the City of New Haven received nine proposals from developer-driven teams seeking the opportunity to transform the former Shartenberg site into an active, vibrant and urban downtown streetscape.
The site, currently a 1.5-acre surface parking lot located at 745 Chapel Street, on the corner of State, Chapel, and Orange Streets, is one of the largest tracts of developable land left in downtown. It is called the Shartenberg site because it once housed the department store by the same name.
“We have experienced an unprecedented resurgence in our downtown as the center for residential and commercial development,” DeStefano said. “Such a vigorous response confirms how valuable downtown development has become. This will be a major development in size and scale that has not been seen in New Haven since the 1980s.”
Economic Development Administrator Kelly Murphy said "We are genuinely excited about the proposals that were submitted. Judging from the responses, it was the right time to put this piece of land out for RFP. We are pleased that New Haven was able to draw proposals from high-caliber firms from Connecticut, Boston, and New York. Because we largely left it up to the market forces to determine the breakdown of uses, functions, and scale, the diversity of proposals will make for an exciting review and selection process."
The response to the City’s call in June for proposals was greater than past projects. When the City released the RFP in 2002 to develop the former Chapel Square Mall at 900 Chapel Street, only four proposals were submitted, compared with the nine submitted on this parcel.
From this point, the City’s review committee will review and evaluate each proposal received. The City anticipates that the review committee will conduct interviews of a select group of respondents by the middle of September. By the middle of October, the City anticipates being able to make a selection regarding the direction in which it will move for the development of the former Shartenberg site.
The organizations making submissions are:
Trinity Financial (Boston, MA)
C.A. White & Leyland Alliance, LLC (New Haven and Tuxedo, NY)
Poko Partners (Port Chester, NY)
Becker & Becker Associates, Inc (Fairfield, CT)
The Christie Wareck Company (New Haven, CT)
Studio ABK Architects, LLC (New Haven, CT)
ArtSpace & Jonathan Rose Companies (New Haven, CT)
Olympia Properties, LLC (New Haven, CT)
Foundation Development Group, LLC (New Haven, CT)
The City’s downtown has become a thriving venue for businesses and for city living:
• New Haven’s downtown now has 6,936 people living in the immediate central area; the downtown contains 3,720 units, including 500 condos. Since September 2004, nearly 550 new apartment units have or will come on-line
• Cooperative Arts & Humanities Magnet High School is moving downtown to a new school designed by world renowned architect Cesar Pelli
• The City has a strong institutional core, with four major colleges and universities and two hospitals. One of the colleges, Gateway Community College – will relocate to a consolidated campus in downtown
• The City has more than 6,000 businesses employing a total of 80,000 workers
• The downtown has become a haven for entrepreneurs