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Updated: July 25, 2020

New Haven bioscience development wins final approvals

IMAGE | ELKUS MANFREDI ARCHITECTS Architect’s rendering of planned 101 College Street project.

Plans for a new 10-story bioscience tower in downtown New Haven secured more approvals this week, paving the way for the developer to bring the project to fruition. 

Developer Winstanley Enterprises plans to build the new 500,000-square foot building at 101 College St. It will mean more room to accommodate the region’s growing bioscience industry, which needs more lab, research and incubator space.

Tenants will include bioscience companies and the Yale University School of Medicine. 

The New Haven Development Commission approved the project at a special meeting on Wednesday. 

Also, the State Bond Commission on Tuesday approved funds to provide a grant-in-aid to the city of New Haven. This money will help with the design and construction of tunnels, driveways and city sidewalk improvements associated with the development of the 101 College St. building. The $8 million will be provided in installments. 

The site is across from Alexion tower, and the new building will be built over the Route 34 corridor. 

Developer Carter Winstanley of Winstanley Enterprises has indicated that construction could begin as soon as August, with the project completed in late 2022. News of the project first broke in January.

An agreement with the city outlines various benefits for the community, such as a public space for outdoor programming, a dedicated classroom for city schools and workforce pipeline to help high school students pursue careers in the biosciences.

Mayor Justin Elicker said in a statement this week, “101 College is a project of statewide economic significance and with assistance from Governor Lamont’s workforce team, the development will also be closely attached to the Hill neighborhood through a workforce pipeline at Career High School and scholarships for local students interested in careers in the biosciences.”

The project is part of the city’s ongoing Downtown Crossing redevelopment initiative, which seeks to reconnect the downtown area to the medical district and Hill neighborhood.

The new bioscience tower is expected to create some 1,000 construction jobs, and between 700 and 1,000 permanent jobs, and would generate some $78 million in wages, according to Attorney Carolyn Kone, of Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman, which represented the developer in the application. 

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