November 2, 2018

Apartment complex rises on Red Cross site in East Rock

Liese Klein
Liese Klein
The 1902 house on the lot at 703 Whitney Ave. slated to become part of a 42-unit apartment complex.

Developer Nancy Greenberg and city officials broke ground Wednesday on a new 42-unit apartment complex at 703 Whitney Ave., the former local headquarters of the American Red Cross.

Construction is underway on a 37,000-square-foot building facing Whitney Avenue on a spot once home to a parking lot. The four-story modernist structure designed by GLUCK+ Architects will house 35 apartments with a common area on the roof. EIghteen of the apartments will be two-bedroom units, with 23 one-bedrooms and one caretaker unit.

Seven units will be built inside the original 1902 house on the site with one- and two-bedroom layouts with private yards and fireplaces in some units.

Greenberg bought the 1.3-acre property for $1.6 million in 2016 and was awarded approval from the New Haven Planning & Zoning Commission in April 2017 to go ahead with construction of the market-rate apartments.

The original structure on the site was built in 1902 and used by the Red Cross for 50 years. A carriage house also stands on the rear of the property and will be incorporated into the new development for use as meeting space, a fitness center, small offices and storage space.

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