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City OKs Yale Music Hall Renovation

New Haven Independent
By Thomas MacMillan

Two century-old Yale music buildings will be joined together and renovated, thanks to $25 million and new permission from city zoners.

The buildings are Leigh Hall and Hendrie Hall on the Yale campus at 435 College St. and 165 Elm St. respectively. The university Tuesday night secured zoning approval for a $25 million construction project at the two buildings, which are used by Yale’s School of Music.

Attorney Joseph Hammer made the pitch to the Board of Zoning Appeals at its monthly meeting in the Hall of Records.

Yale needs sundry zoning variances to make the project a reality, permitting smaller side yards, higher walls, and greater floor-to-area ratio and building coverage than otherwise allowed.

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