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WEST HAVEN, Feb. 12, 2020 — (Pictured): Acorn Group Vice President Gary S. Letendre, second from right, leads Mayor Nancy R. Rossi, center, on a site tour of Acorn’s budding Park View mixed-use development on Cellini Place, just off Route 1, on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Joining them are, from left, A.P. Construction Co. project manager Kevin Deane, Svigals + Partners managing partner Jay Brotman and Rossi’s executive assistant, Lou Esposito.
The 85,000-square-foot building is being built by Park Commons LLC, an Acorn development company, on the site of what years ago was the Park Theatre and will include 44 student apartments with rear parking and 16,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.
The Park View, overlooking the Allingtown Green, is 400 feet from the University of New Haven’s Route 1 campus, which is home to about 6,000 students.
The three-story building is being constructed by A.P. Construction, based in Stamford, and was designed by the Svigals + Partners architectural firm in New Haven.
When finished in late June, the Park View will complement Acorn’s The Atwood, an $18 million apartment and commercial building across the street at 222 Boston Post Road, in making the neighborhood around the Allingtown Green a destination.
Like The Atwood, which opened in August 2017, the Park View will consist of one- and two-bedroom studios.
The national retail tenants occupying the ground floor of the four-story, 90,150-square-foot Atwood include Torrington-based EbLens Clothing & Footwear, USAlliance Financial of Rye, New York, and Plano, Texas-based Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes.
Tenants for the Park View have not yet been announced.
Acorn, based in New Haven, has also announced plans for The Forest, a third mixed-use development slated for construction on the former site of the demolished Forest Theatre at the intersection of Boston Post Road, Campbell Avenue and Forest Road.
Preliminary plans call for dozens of student apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.
In all, the three developments, collectively known as University Commons, are projected to generate more than $1 million in annual property tax revenue for the city’s coffers, officials have said.
(City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)