Public Hearing on the proposed SOM PDD

Dear Friends:

The Legislative Committee of the Board of Aldermen have changed the date for the second hearing on the proposed School of Organization and Management. It will be held:

New Haven Board of Aldermen
Legislative Committee
Public Hearing re:
Design and Zone change for a Planned Development District for
Yale’s new School of Organization and Management, 155-175 Whitney Avenue
February 11, 2010
6 PM
Aldermanic Chambers, City Hall, 165 Church Street

* Although the University has reduced the length of the building’s face on Whitney Avenue, it is still a mammoth building:

  • half as long as the New Haven Green
  • its entire street face is as as tall as the Peabody Museum’s tower, at 65 ft, as tall as a six story building
  • the facade facing Bradley street is 85 ft tall – as high as an eight story building
  • the experience of the building’s giant size is made even more emphatic by the scale and texture of its materials: ground to roof glass walls, blue metal silos, and roof overhang

* The plan will destroy valuable historic buildings along a coherent and beautiful urban place, while not fixing deficient circulation patterns:

  • the plan’s pedestrian and bike route on the north side of the building is narrow, and dangerous where it requires trucks, walkers and bikes to share the same narrow driveway
  • the plan includes a drop-off driveway on Whitney Avenue, in addition to its main driveway, which creates hazards for people walking, biking and driving on Whitney Avenue

* The plan fails to comply with the standards for a Planned Development DIstrict, which must, be “So designed in its space allocation, orientation, texture, materials, landscaping,and other features as to produce an environment … complimenting the design and values of the surrounding neighborhood.”


We do not oppose SOM’s expansion, we wish to see a better project that will protect and enhance this vital part of the city.

If you can not attend the hearing, please write to:

Alderman Roland Lemar, Chairman
Legislative Committee
New Haven Board of Aldermen
165 Church Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Copy to the Legislative Committee Staff:

And to us:

New Haven Urban Design League
129 Church Street Suite 419
New Haven, CT 06510
203 624 0175 t


VERY IMPORTANT Public Hearings That Will Change the Character of Historic Whitney Avenue, East Rock, and the Lincoln-Bradley Neighborhood

Yale University has filed plans to demolish the historic buildings and landscape at 155-175 Whitney Avenue (across from the Peabody Museum) and build a gigantic new facility for the School of Organization and Management.

The gargantuan scale, inharmonious design, traffic and public safety impacts, poor planning for pedestrians and bikes, negative impact  the peace and quality of life of adjacent residential properties and neighborhoods are all of great concern.

Your participation can help re-shape the proposal to fit the neighborhood and make it a good addition to the city.

The City of New Haven’s judgement that this incongruous design “sets significant standards for any subsequent development in this neighborhood” means that this development could have profound impacts throughout the Whitney Avenue area.

Public comment on the plan and controversial zone change to a “Planned Development District PDD” will be heard by the Legislative Committee of the Board of Aldermen.

Schedule for Public Hearings:

Hearing One
Thursday, January 28, 2010
City Hall,165 Church Street,  Aldermanic Chambers
6-9 PM
1. Yale University presentation and City discussion of the use of a PDD
2. Public Questions and Comments

Hearing Two (Continuation)
City Hall,165 Church Street,  Aldermanic Chambers
6-9 PM
TO BE ANNOUNCED – possibility February 25 or March 9
(Contact the League or  your Alderman for updates)

1. Expert Testimony on behalf of community and residential constituencies
2. Public  Questions and Comments

It is very important that you come!

Need more information about the plan? Please contact us.