More Apts, Parking, Labs OK’d For ​“Square 10”

The redevelopers of the ex-Coliseum site won city approval to build 120 more apartments, 657 new parking-garage spaces, and a new 11-story lab and office building — all as construction of another 200 new apartments right next door has already begun — in the latest chapter of the planned overhaul of a former-arena-turned-parking lot into ​“Square 10.” That area, which is now an active construction site, has long sat as a surface parking lot ever since the demolition of the sports and entertainment complex in 2007. Thanks to Wednesday’s votes, the Norwalk-based developer Spinnaker Real Estate Partners has now won site plan approvals to build a total of 320 new apartments, a new 657-space parking garage, and a new 11-story lab office-building at that 275 South Orange St. property. City staff hailed the new site plans Wednesday night, with Economic Development Administrator Mike Piscitelli welcoming the project as a means of ​“improving health outcomes for people all over the world” in a global ​“health mission” while introducing housing and affordable apartments as part of an ​“inclusive agenda” for New Haveners.

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