Landlords oppose regular inspections

February 27, 2004
A proposed city ordinance amendment that would require regular rental housing inspections and charge property owners annual licensing fees is facing strong opposition from many landlords in New Haven. The goal of the proposal — which would affect between 30,000 and 55,000 rental units in the city — is to ensure properties are managed properly »

City schools fill Claire’s kitchen with local food

February 25, 2004
When customers at Claire’s Corner Copia sample the restaurant’s uniquely delicious purple beans or the plump, heirloom Brandywine tomatoes, they might not expect that high school students could could grow such high-quality organic products. But this summer, restaurant owner Claire Criscuolo plans on acquiring a large amount of organic produce from the agricultural projects developed »

Tweed starts Delta service

February 24, 2004
Delta Airlines officially announced Monday that it will be providing service to Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport starting May 27. Comair, a Delta connection carrier, will be providing three flights daily between Tweed and Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport on 40-seat Bombardier CRJ regional jets. From Cincinnati, passengers will have access to over 560 flights to more »

Ann Taylor rejuvenates Elm City shopping scene

February 20, 2004
Ann Taylor Loft, the first retail tenant to occupy Chapel Square Mall since 2002, finally opened for business last Thursday. Four more stores are slated to open in the mall between now and mid-summer of this year, including Rite Aid, Radio Shack, Coldstone Creamery and Barcelona Wines restaurant. While it appears that the national development »

IKEA’s free training boosts interest, jobs

February 19, 2004
For New Haven residents interested in acquiring vital work skills and possibly getting a job at one of the world’s most popular home furnishing stores, this week marks the start of a free IKEA-sponsored training program. In a joint effort between the city and IKEA, which will be opening its doors this summer, Gateway Community »

City Facade Program gives stores facelifts

February 13, 2004
The historical building at 99-101 Orange St. used to sit vacant with collapsing floors, run-down walls, and a large, unattractive red garage door as its exterior. But within the past year, the property has been completely renovated, and with the help of the city’s Facade Improvement Grant Program, it now has a mahogany and glass »

Metro-North’s cars succumb to weather

February 11, 2004
After a month of freezing temperatures and record snowfalls, the rail cars on Metro-North’s New Haven line — many of which were built in the early 1970s — have increasingly been taken out of service. To add to commuter frustrations, Gov. John G. Rowland proposed a 5.5 percent fare increase last week, adding to the »

Despite accord, bank debate continues

February 10, 2004
On Sept. 5, 2003, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. stood outside the steps of New Haven Savings Bank’s headquarters on the corner of Church and Elm streets and denounced its plans to merge with two other banks and become a publicly owned company. The bank, DeStefano explained, was being taken out of the hands »

Tweed jet service to start in spring

February 6, 2004
As negotiations between Delta Airlines and city officials progress, the first jet service to fly out of Tweed-New Haven Airport since 1996 should begin sometime this spring. Bruce Alexander, vice president of Yale’s Office of New Haven State and Affairs and a leader in fundraising from the business community for a guarantee, said the details »

Olympia Properties to find tenant for old Macy’s

February 3, 2004
After 20 years of vacancy, the old Macy’s men’s store at 21 Temple St. will be occupied by new tenants. After an initial proposal in July of 2002, the city has awarded Olympia Properties, a development firm based in New Haven, the bid for the site. The 16,000 square-foot space, which is owned by the »

NHSB preps to go public

January 28, 2004
The Connecticut Department of Banking approved the New Haven Savings Bank’s (NHSB) plan to convert from a depositor-owned mutual savings bank to a shareholder-owned public company on Jan. 25. The bank’s conversion now requires approval from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as the final step towards the conversion process. “We are pleased to have »

Elm City Artists’ gallery is portrait of new art scene

January 27, 2004
The former site of Clinton’s Piano at 60 Whitney Ave. has received a new boost of energy from an emerging scene in New Haven — the visual arts. A group of eight painters who call themselves the Elm City Artists opened a gallery in the 4,000-square-foot University Properties space in November 2003. While they originally »