A long-time dream of redeveloping a triangular vacant lot at 340 Dixwell Ave in New Haven, CT into 69 affordable apartments with first-floor retail space is scheduled for construction in the Spring of 2022.
After two years of preplanning with the support of the City of New Haven and the state of Connecticut, this four-story building will offer a tremendous benefit to the neighborhood, with 80% of the complex’s apartments reserved for low-to-moderate-income families.
Integrating Innovate Technology into the Construction
Named for its location at 340 Dixwell Avenue, this mixed-use complex will be integrating innovative technology into the construction. Built to comply with passive house standards, well in excess of building codes, the apartments will be extremely well insulated, resulting in very low utility costs for the occupants.
The most unique feature of the proposed four-story building is that it is being built with cross-laminated timbers. Referred to as mass timber construction, the wood is glued together in the factory to create solid wood walls and floors which are then shipped to the site. These mass timber panels provide the structural component of the building as well as the interior finishes. Mass timber offers a nice esthetic, making the apartment rooms warm and inviting. It is also an environmentally friendly choice instead of conventional concrete or steel.