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June 24, 2024

Yale plans new parking garage, eyes engineering building as part of larger development plan

Yale This sketch shows plans for projects to Yale's University's Upper Science Hill area in New Haven.

Yale University is looking to build a new parking garage in the Upper Science Hill area of its campus as part of a larger development that will include a new physical sciences and engineering building.

School officials submitted a site plan application for work on a 36-acre block within Prospect, Edwards and Sachem streets and Whitney Avenue, which includes building a new parking garage with 406 spaces on four levels, the lowest level being partially below grade. 

The garage will replace the existing Pierson-Sage Garage, which will be demolished.  Also part of the site plan is installation of additional portions of a geothermal system and associated site improvements on a portion of Yale University’s Science Hill block.

The City Plan Commission had approved earlier related projects, including the construction of a new chemical safety building, an addition to the Wright Laboratory and construction of a new service node at the Yale Science Building, and installation of a portion of a geothermal system.

University officials in their application, which will be heard by the commission June 26, said this work is part of the underlying project for the development of a new physical sciences and engineering building, a site plan for which will be submitted later this summer.

Other campus structures to be demolished as part of this application include the Chemical Safety Building, which will be replaced by a new Chemical Safety Building that is under construction; the Wright Laboratory West and Wright Laboratory Connector portions of Wright Laboratory; and the Chemical Research Building loading dock, according to the application.

Subject to approvals, construction on the garage will be completed in late 2026. Demolition of the Pierson-Sage Parking Garage is expected to begin in summer 2025.  

During all phases of construction, pedestrian access to the existing buildings adjacent to the project site and accessible parking will be maintained, the application said.


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