Shartenberg site goes on block for development
(6/16/2006) Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. announced today that the City of New Haven is going shopping – seeking developers’ proposals to redevelop one of the largest remaining vacant tracts of land in the downtown – the Shartenberg site.
This prominent development site at 745 Chapel St., commonly called the Shartenberg lot because it once housed the Shartenberg Department Store, is located in downtown New Haven, one block from the Town Green. The 1.5 acre parcel is one of the few remaining large development sites in downtown New Haven and is bordered by three major downtown streets: Chapel Street, Orange Street, and State Street. The site consists of almost half a city block (approximately 65,000 square feet), and is zoned BD-1 (Central Business/Residential Zone).
The City of New Haven Office of Economic Development will being advertising for Requests for Proposals starting on Sunday.
“This is a site that has been the subject of countless developer inquiries over the years so this is a significant milestone for the City to now open the site to requests for proposals,” DeStefano said. “Rather than dictate what the project will be, the City of New Haven will ask the marketplace for projects that are market-driven. We will look for projects that have pedestrian-friendly retail at the street level, with a building design that reflects the scale of adjacent uses. This will be a major development in size and scale that has not been seen in New Haven since the 1980s.”
The successful proposal will continue the resurgence of downtown New Haven as a vital residential and commercial neighborhood, said Economic Development Administrator Kelly Murphy. The city-owned site falls within a commercial district that allows for high density residential, so it is likely that the project will be quite large since it can be built up to nearly 400,000 square feet.
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 relocated 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
Questions about the RFP will be accepted at the Bureau of Purchases until 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday July 11, 2006. Proposals must be submitted in hardcopy to the Bureau of Purchases office at 200 Orange St. Room 401 by 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday August 15, 2006. Within 30 days after the proposal due date, the City will conduct interviews with a select group of proposers. Within 60 days of the due date, selection of the successful proposal is anticipated.
For more information, see the Bureau of Purchases website or call 203-946-8201.