Safe Haven

New Haven, CT



Safe Haven

Safe Haven now occupies the long-abandoned F. D. Grave Cigar Factory originally built in 1884 with a dirt basement and wooden support columns. Montagno Construction as CMR performed a gut-rehab for this adaptive reuse. We poured new footings and replaced the columns, washed and repointed all exterior brick, removed the rotted wood floors, replaced all windows and roof, and sandblasted the interior brick walls, to feature exposed brick in some community spaces and apartments.

The ground level contains supportive program space, common areas, offices, and a store front. Day programs include meals, laundry facilities, showers, medical care, counseling, job placement, and access to computers. The upper floors were renovated into 33 studio apartments for the chronically homeless and other Liberty Community Services clients. The project was funded by CHFA, LITHC, DOH, DECD, HUD, and DSS with CHRO requirements.

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