Newton developer beset by woes with Conn. project


Northland Investment Corp. has struggled with deteriorating conditions at its Church Street South property in New Haven, Conn.
News Story (Connecticut)

Katie Johnston
Boston Globe
October 27, 2015
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Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: New Haven Legal Assistance Association (CT)


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The nearly 50-year-old New Haven complex stands in stark contrast to the luxury rental housing with palm trees and swimming pools that Northland owns around New England, Florida, and Texas. In all, Northland owns 90 commercial and residential properties valued at $3 billion.

The company said it has long planned to redevelop the North Haven property as a mixed use, mixed-income complex, more in line with its other projects. The mass move out will likely speed that process along — benefitting the developer while residents, the majority of them low-income Hispanic families, are being uprooted, said Amy Marx, a legal aid lawyer who is working with dozens of tenants at the complex.

“You have a quasi refugee crisis,” said Marx, who works for New Haven Legal Assistance Association.