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      A developer submitted an initial proposal to the Historic District Commission for a single, large, combination residential rental and commercial building with 3 different facades. The problem some of us had was not just the size (67 units), but in the materials: plastic roof and facades with vinyl windows.
     The developer had been consulting with some residents at the Turnbridge Condo on the other side of the bridge and Chris Ozyck, but new people showed up at the presentation and were less than thrilled with what they heard.
     Since then the developer has met with the Quinnipiac East Management Team and more residents and wants an open given and take on what is really only a concept now.
     This is a chance to speak to the quality of the design in an historic district, the uses and the quality of materials appropriate to a new building in a prime setting that will be viewed from 3 different sides. There are also issues re: the public right of way along the river.
     There is a separate project regarding the improvement of the Clifton St. Boat ramp and park area that will also relate to the public right of way.
     While the Fair Haven side of the river has 2 parks and 2 marina, Fair Haven Heights has no comparable space. It does have the Fargeorge Nature Preserve and a budding oyster farm under construction, but very little public access or recreational use.
     "We are one community with a river running thru us". This and subsequent meetings will shape the look and function of the area for the next hundred years or more.
      We hope all who can, will attend and participate.
From: Noel Petra <>
To: Noel Petra <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 9:27:35 AM EST
Subject: Heights On The River Development - East Grand Ave
Dear Community,
We’re grateful for your time and commitment to The Heights neighborhood and appreciate your feedback, which should help us make The Heights On The River project a success for the entire community and city.  We’re sending this  to inform you of some upcoming opportunities to continue our dialog. 
TONIGHT March 6th:  We are on the agenda for the upcoming Management Team meeting - Tuesday QEMT meeting March 6th at 6pm on 62 E.Grand Ave St James church, where we hope to give those in the community an BREIF introduction to ourselves, our project, and our progress. 
The week of March 19th, (most likely the 21st) we’re planning a more focused open house engagement meeting with the community to review and discuss the project.  We encourage whomever is interested from the community to join us for constructive dialog.  We’ll send out more detailed information next week.  
We are postponing our March 14th HDC hearing to April 11th, after our community engagement meeting. 
Thank you again, feel free to share this information with your friends and neighbors.  


Noel G Petra
Managing Partner
139 Orange St
New Haven, CT, 06510

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