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November 14, 2023

New apartment building approved for Elm City

RENDERING | CONTRIBUTED A rendering of a proposed apartment building on Grand Avenue in New Haven.

A plan to knock down vacant commercial structures and build a new apartment building on Grand Avenue in New Haven was approved last week.

The New Haven City Plan Commission on Nov. 8 voted 3-0 to approve the development at 873, 887 and 897 Grand Ave., according to City Planner Esther Rose-Wilen.

The owner and applicant, Moshe Feferkorn and JS Dorothy LLC of Airmont, New York, intends to build a new 112-unit residential building, Grand Avenue Apartments, at the site. It will have five-stories of living space with ground level parking, for a total of six stories.

The vote followed a public hearing, with residents submitting testimony both for and against the application.

Supporters cited factors such as the need for housing and the need to address the current blighted condition of the property. Opponents raised concerns about the height of the building compared to the neighborhood, aesthetics and traffic.

The site has vacant commercial space currently, including space previously occupied by the business Unger’s Flooring.

Plans show the new building will have a 1,000-square-foot retail space on the ground floor in addition to the parking area. Of the 112 units, there will be 66 studios, 38 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments in the 82,000-square-foot building.

JS Dorothy LLC bought the property in November 2022 for $3.1 million, city records show.

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