Toad’s croaks for summer, senior week

May 3, 2007
As graduating seniors prepare for Commencement festivities, their favorite New Haven nightclub is getting ready to close its doors for the summer. Toad’s Place — which hosts a variety of concerts as well as its notorious Wednesday and Saturday night dance parties — will close on May 6 for 90 days as part of an »

City markets to new businesses

April 23, 2007
In an attempt to make the city more attractive to businesses and retailers, the Town Green Special Services District has launched a business development initiative to encourage cooperation between the city’s major property owners, including the University. Town Green officials have hired Kathleen Krolak — who has worked for the Greater New Haven Chamber of »

Morand to help lead business group

April 20, 2007
The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce will have a university official at the helm of its board of directors for the first time in its history. Michael Morand ’87 DIV ’93, associate vice president of the University’s Office of New Haven and State Affairs, was named chairman of the board for the Chamber of »

Tweed plans will proceed

April 19, 2007
After months of deliberation, the state approved Tweed-New Haven airport’s plans Tuesday to make infrastructure improvements to its runway that eventually will enable the airport to expand its operations. Tweed and New Haven officials welcomed the Department of Environmental Protection’s ruling, which will allow the airport to build runway safety zones, bringing it in line »

Healy ’97 markets city to businesses

April 18, 2007
Scott Healy’s first experience of New Haven was hardly encouraging. Following a campus tour as a prospective Yale student, Healy ’97 said his fellow prefrosh complained to the student recruiter that New Haven was the only drawback of Yale. And the student recruiter agreed. Since then, Healy, a Connecticut native, has strived to change people’s »

Shartenberg tower shrinks in new design

April 13, 2007
A proposal for a 32-story tower to be erected in downtown New Haven will be downsized to 300 feet, the developer and city officials announced Thursday. Developer Becker + Becker and the city have agreed on an initial set of terms for the redevelopment of the Shartenberg site — a vacant 1.5-acre lot on the »

Gateway delays will up costs

April 13, 2007
State officials expressed concern this week that the Gateway Project has “fallen badly behind schedule,” saying they may need to review their $140 million funding to cover increases in the cost of preparing the site for new construction. Long delays in the city’s demolition and environmental remediation of the abandoned Macy’s department store site — »

Broadway prepares for College Night

April 12, 2007
Broadway merchants hope the clear weather holds out today as they prepare to greet the city’s college students for the biannual College Night extravaganza. Though weather forecasts put the likelihood of rain at 100 percent for Thursday, organizers said this year’s College Night will be a bigger production than prior incarnations. Students will receive 10 »

‘Predatory’ lending is on the rise

April 5, 2007
Advertisements promising interest-free loans and free cash are posted throughout the city, but gullible borrowers are discovering that there is nothing free about them. City officials said the number of “predatory loans” — which boast extremely high interest rates — that are offered to residents as mortgages or credit loans has risen sharply in the »

Behind tower plan, an Elm City devotee

March 28, 2007
As the city looks to increase its downtown population and attract new retail, Bruce Becker ARCH ’85 SOM ’85 wants to be the man to do the job. Becker is the president of Fairfield-based Becker and Becker, the developer selected by the city last month to give new life to the Shartenberg site — currently »

City officials take aim at state budget

March 8, 2007
As city officials plan their budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year, they are blaming a drop in New Haven’s share of state revenue for some of the city’s financial difficulties. Data in Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s proposed budget indicates that many of the state’s largest cities, including New Haven, are seeing their share of state »

Budget increase sparks debate

March 7, 2007
The Board of Aldermen’s Finance Committee entered the debate over the mayor’s proposed budget at a meeting Tuesday, questioning whether some of the planned budgetary increases for 2007-’08 are necessary. John Buturla, the mayor’s chief administration officer, told the aldermanic committee that the increases in this year’s budget proposal are largely due to the hiring »