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Creating a Streetscape for a Vibrant Neighborhood

Creating a Streetscape for a Vibrant Neighborhood

What was once a vibrant gateway to Fair Haven Heights in New Haven is now a largely empty lot with only the brick ‘Grand Vin’ building as testimony to its storied past. For Heights on the River, one of our current projects, we are creating a new streetscape, with retail and restaurant activity at street level and apartments on the two levels above.

As Fair Haven locals ourselves—our office is right across the river from this exciting new project—it’s an honor to have a hand in revitalizing this once-bustling neighborhood. We know the value of a good streetscape and have taken care to create a community worthy of the history of Fair Haven Heights and of the past, present, and future residents of this beloved neighborhood.


Here are a few images that illustrate the site as it stands today and our proposed plan for restoring much-needed life to this long-neglected streetscape.

The street as it stands today, with the brick ‘Grand Vin’ building at the eastern end.
A new group of buildings, based on building massing of the past, will create density and activity on the site.
The street-level spaces are locations for the resident entry, resident amenities, and retail/restaurant space for rent.
A new restaurant space anchors the southwest corner, with residential and retail spaces along East Grand Avenue and balconied apartments along the river.
The corner restaurant has a patio overlooking the Quinnipiac River.

For us, the most important thing to get right with this streetscape is to keep the historical integrity of the neighborhood intact, while still creating a dynamic, modern community. We’re proud of our work so far on Heights on the River and are ready to go full steam ahead on this exciting local project!


20 Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 06513



Patriquin Architects
20 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513