Dan Kops, Hamden Department of Planning and Zoning
Dear Mr. Kops,
Mixed-income communities build stronger communities and living in these communities has contributed to educational and economic successes and expanded opportunities for all. Acknowledging this, the State of Connecticut passed legislation that dictates that 10 percent of housing in the state meets the affordable standards as established by the state.
The developers of Canal Crossing are building luxury apartments on Mather Street. In order to get approval for this project, they took advantage of the affordable housing law outlined in 8-30g, which allows a developer to build multi-family housing in a location not zoned for multi-family housing. In order to get approval under 8-30g a developer must provide affordable housing in 20 percent of their units at that location.
Now, with the project starting to lease apartments, they are asking the Planning and Zoning Commission to allow them to eliminate any and all affordable housing they were supposed to provide on Mather Street and put that number of units at their Mix Avenue property instead.
We see value in the affordable units at the Canal Crossing location and cannot support the reassignment to another location that perpetuates economic segregation.
Whitneyville Civic Association Board
Dave Bechtel, President
Connie Matheson, Vice President
Deb Maldonado, Treasurer
Deirdre Dolan, Secretary