New Haven officials back major Long Wharf housing plan: It will help the city ’embrace the shoreline’

The Board of Alders has approved a zoning text amendment to a Planned Development District at 501-585 Long Wharf Drive that paves the way for the proposed apartments on the site. Multiple alders have expressed confidence in the vision of city staff and the developer, the Fusco Corp., that growth in the harbor district was intrinsic to the future of the city. They vote was unanimous despite the recommendation of Brian Thompson, director of the land and water resources division of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, that the alders turn down the proposal over potential flooding concerns. This is an important step but just the beginning for the development, as it must go to the City Plan Commission for detailed site plan review when the developer decides to move ahead.

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