Sept. 29--NEW HAVEN -- What once was a troublesome corner with an infamous bar now is home to a group of Euro-styled apartments with another outlet for the G Cafe and Bakery.
Juan Salas-Romer, managing partner of NHR Properties, had a grand opening Monday at his company's latest adaptive re-use of buildings he has bought in the city.
Ashmun Flats at Ashmun and Munson streets in Science Park has eight apartments designed by Fernando Pastor, five of them three-bedroom units.
Pastor took three separate structures for the conversion in the area that already features housing at Monterey Place and Winchester Lofts, as well as hundreds of workers at Higher One and Yale University offices.
After three decades, it is the latest improvement at the former Winchester Repeating Arms and Olin-Mattheson properties shepherded through the Science Park Development Corp.
David Silverman, president of Science Park, said the revitalization of the area is the result of some $200 million in public investments, starting with the $50 million federal HOPE VI grant for Monterey and the rest a combination of public and private investment by Yale, Forest City, Carter Winstanley and Higher One.
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