March 13, 2019

Housing eyed for site of vacant nursing home

PHOTO | New Haven Biz
PHOTO | New Haven Biz
This empty former New Haven nursing home may be razed to make way for apartments.

The owner of a five-acre parcel in New Haven is hoping to get city officials' support to build 128 apartment units at the site of a former nursing home facility.

Connecticut Health Care Holdings LLC owns two adjoining parcels, at 240 Winthrop Ave., and 790 George St. The property is in the vicinity of Yale New Haven Hospital's Saint Raphael Campus.

The owner has a proposal pending before the City Plan Commission for a Planned Development District for the site, which is currently zoned for residential use. The application is on the commission's agenda for its meeting March 20 at 6 p.m. at 165 Church St.

Attorney William Gambardella, who represents the owner, said the proposal is for a 128-unit apartment complex on the acreage, with the units divided between four buildings. The apartments would have a mix of one, two, and three bedrooms, and most parking would be underground to allow for green space, he said.

The buildings would be a mix of townhouse and apartment-style buildings. The plan is to put in a new private access road, with the entrance from 790 George St.

The existing former nursing home would be demolished. The long-vacant building is fenced off from the surrounding residential neighborhood, and it is covered with graffiti.

If the commission approves the plan, it still needs to be reviewed by other applicable city boards and officials before it can proceed.

"This has been in the works for about two years, with discussions about what could be built there," Gambardella said. "We want to try to integrate a new development with the neighborhood."

According to Gambardella, the former nursing home has been empty for about 15 years. The current owner bought the property in 2004, city records show.

Back in 2011, the commission approved a plan to revamp the building into an 80-unit supportive housing facility for the elderly and disabled. However, the applicant at the time, Continuum of Care, ultimately went with a different New Haven location.

Gambardella said this week it isn't feasible to revamp the existing nursing home structure into a new use, and the owner is instead pursuing demolition and new development.

The owner does not have a developer and builder in place yet and is trying to get the necessary approvals for a residential complex first, according to Gambardella.

The owner is hoping to get approvals in place by summer, so demolition could take place by fall, he said.

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