L’Occitane en Provence, at Warner Hall

"International retailer L’Occitane en Provence opened its newest boutique on Chapel Street just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The company signed a lease with Yale University Properties in early October and has spent the last several weeks refurbishing the building, which now features a wired glass and metal structure that is supposed to mimic a traditional greenhouse, according to a L’Occitane press release. Since its establishment in 1996 as a branch of the Office of New Haven and State Affairs, University Properties has sought to reinvigorate New Haven’s downtown shopping district by bringing in new restaurants and retailers to Broadway and Chapel streets."

Project for Public Space: College / Chapel District, New Haven, Connecticut

"The key was widening the sidewalk at the corner by providing flexible space for a variety of activities like outdoor seating, displays and other retail activity. This was accomplished by narrowing vehicle lanes on the street to 9 1/2 feet while still accommodating parking, and significantly slowing down the traffic. It also created the defacto entrance to Yale from the downtown."

Profile: Joel Schiavone developing downtown, by Linda Schupack

"When I was at Yale, I had a lot of inferiority and insecurity. Growing up meant getting out all those anxieties. You'll find most people who work hard -- make a lot of money -- have a psychological drive that forces them onward and up. I'm no different than anyone else."

Joel Schiavone a gadfly without socks or sacred cows, by Bill Ryan

"Schiavone is thinking up new projects, in the atmosphere for meditation that he has created at his offices on Chapel Street in the old Union League building. The Union League, a private, exclusive men's club formed at the turn of the century, once would not have admitted anyone named Joel Schiavone. 'It was for WASPs.' He has taken the former hangout of the very privileged and created offices that bear the unmistakable stamp of Joel Schiavone."

Profile of Joel Schiavone, by Steven Mufson

"Dixieland banjo player, 1950s style rock-and-roll crooner, Republican gubernatorial candidate and multi-millionaire real estate developer -- Joel Schiavone thinks he can help resuscitate Connecticut's ailing cities. He has plowed millions of dollars into New Haven and is about to launch an even more ambitious 19-block, 1.5 million-square-foot redevelopment project in Bridgeport. A lesser, or saner,… Continue reading Profile of Joel Schiavone, by Steven Mufson

Who Owns the Block?

"Who owns downtown commercial properties in Connecticut's cities? This week, Business Weekly looks at a block in New Haven. The block, shown in the map, is bounded by Chapel, College, Crown and High streets. Information is from city records. A) 1048-1070 Chapel St., owned by Barbara Wareck. Acquired in 1986 from Henry Cahn, trustee for… Continue reading Who Owns the Block?

Prime Commercial Space Now Available

"Sherman's Building, 1032 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut. Formerly known as the Union League Club, this gracious structure was built in 1860. Prime commercial space available on two floors. Directly across from Yale University. 1032 Chapel Street (A) 3347 square feet and 1032 Chapel Street (B) 1727 square feet available April, 1985."-excerpt and (top) image… Continue reading Prime Commercial Space Now Available