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Yale sets its sights on Lower Dixwell

The west end of New Haven’s Broadway area has not seen much change during the Yale-driven makeover of the past two decades, but the university’s real-estate arm looks to be devoting some new attention to the spot where Whalley, Dixwell, and Goffe streeets spring from the end of Broadway.

The New Haven Independent reports that the university appeared at the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday with plans for three storefronts on Dixwell Avenue just around the corner from Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The plan would move the UPS Store, now in a Yale-owned former gas station across Dixwell, to 33–37 Dixwell, and accommodate two new restaurants at 9 Dixwell (the home of Broadway Liquor until Yale bought the building in 2012 and declined to renew the liquor store's lease). Yale representatives wouldn’t say what restaurants are going in, as the leases are not yet signed, and the plans for the location UPS is vacating are still not final.

Yale took on the revitalization of Broadway in the early 1990s, when it participated in the beautification and rerouting of traffic in the area. The university now owns most of the retail space on Broadway, but it has concentrated its efforts at the York Street end of Broadway. The west end is a still-convoluted multistreet intersection dominated by a gas station/convenience store. The university’s 2000 campus planning document calls for “redevelopment of the gas station sites and creation of a visual terminus at the Broadway retail area.”


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Filed under Broadway, Dixwell Avenue, University Properties
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