November 17th, 2011 | City

City gives go ahead on new colleges

The site plan for two new residential colleges earned a stamp of approval from the City Plan Commission Wednesday night.
The site plan for two new residential colleges earned a stamp of approval from the City Plan Commission Wednesday night. Photo by Michael Morand.

After years of planning and fundraising, the University’s site plan for two new residential colleges at Prospect and Sachem Streets received the go-ahead from New Haven’s City Plan Commission in a Wednesday night meeting.

Although plans were delayed following the 2009 economic downturn, the colleges are set to be completed in 2015, with construction on the $600 million project beginning this summer.

The two new colleges will allow for an increase of over 800 students in Yale Collegein, according to current plans. The colleges were designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, which is owned by School of Architecture Dean Robert Stern ARC ’65. Approval on an undergraduate theater and improvements to the streets around the colleges were pushed to be approved at a later date, as plans on these items were not as detailed.

The two new colleges will be located north of Grove Street Cemetery in the triangle comprised of Prospect, Canal and Sachem streets. Check back with the News for more information.