Briefly: Board of Aldermen approve new Department of Public Safety Communications

The Board of Aldermen approved the reconstruction of the William T. Rowe Public Housing project on Howard Avenue and the creation of a new Department of Public Safety Communications Monday evening. The new Department of Public Safety Communications will restructure the city’s 911 call center so that the city has a centralized 911 program, said Ward 23 Alderman Yusuf I. Shah. The reconstruction project, using $4 million from the city, will demolish the 35-year-old building on Howard Avenue and rebuild it on a vacant lot Yale-New Haven Hospital owns. The new nine-story building will feature larger and nicer apartments, Ward 18 Alderwoman Arlene De Pino said. Construction of the new building will begin in the first quarter of 2010 and will create construction jobs for the community. The building will have 104 apartments, 52 of which will be for current residents, 26 at the market rate and 26 for people with fixed income. The apartment building will have more green space than the current building and a committee including residents and the Ward 3 alderman will regulate it.

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