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December 20, 2019 REAL ESTATE ROUNDUP

Mixed commercial, residential use approved for Orange St. parcels

PHOTO | New Haven Biz  The historic Pinto-Whitney House on Orange Street will be moved slightly to the north soon to make way for a new residential and commercial development.

A developer obtained site plan approval this week for a new mixed-use residential and commercial project on Orange Street in New Haven.

The project footprint includes a house where inventor Eli Whitney once lived. The historic house will be moved slightly to the north to make way for the new construction. 

The site includes 269, 275 and 283 Orange St., where applicant Orange Elm LLC plans to build a seven-story mixed-use building with 102 residential units, about 4,000 square feet of commercial space, and a parking garage. 

Of the 102 units, 57 will be studio apartments, 39 will have one bedroom, and six will feature two bedrooms. Commercial space will be on the first floor.

Stacey Davis, Planner II with the City Plan Department, said the commission approved the site plan at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Attorney James Segaloff of the New Haven-based firm Susman, Duffy & Segaloff, who represents the applicant, has asserted that the project will have a positive impact on the Orange Street area and will mean job opportunities in the commercial component of the project.

Segaloff said Friday no commercial tenants have been confirmed yet, though he foresees a potential restaurant use there. 

Currently, the properties involved in the new development are primarily street-level parking lots, with the historic Pinto-Whitney House near the center. 

The house, a two-and-a-half-story building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be preserved, but relocated to the northern corner of the site. The house was once owned by William Pinto, a prominent early city resident. Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin, was Pinto’s tenant and was living at the house when he died in 1825.

Segaloff said the house is considered a “gem because of its history.” 

Once moved, the house will be closer to the Connecticut Children’s Museum, which is on Wall Street. According to Segaloff, the project will include new landscaping and trees to provide a buffer between the historic house, new development and the museum property.

Segaloff expects construction to begin within a couple of months, or by early spring.

Simon David Real Estate is currently advertising retail for lease at the development site, with availability in the first quarter of 2021.

Contact Michelle Tuccitto Sullo at



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- Michael Bingham contributed to this report.

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