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Ikea continues taking steps towards repurposing Pirelli building

October 17, 2018

Unlike the Met Breuer, another Breuer building, the Pirelli Tire building in New Haven, CT, looks to be moving toward a more certain future. This past spring, IKEA opened the building for two art exhibitions to take place—its first trial at programming the space—and city officials said they were in talks with the company to convert the building into a hotel. However, IKEA would not confirm the city’s statement . Now, the furniture giant seems to be taking concrete steps in the reuse direction. In September, the building appeared on the agenda of the City Plan Commission for “detailed plan review and coastal site plan review for the conversion of the Pirelli Building into a hotel,” (see agenda item #1548-07). 

The meeting minutes have not been published, but the New Haven Register reports: “the plan calls for a 165-room hotel…the potential hotel operator is not identified in the site plan documents, which cover parking, storm drainage, landscaping and lighting. [A] letter to the commission says the ‘expectation (is) that the building will become an attractive purchase opportunity as a hotel. This approval will fulfill New Haven’s need for new hotel rooms, while rejuvenating a long vacant, architecturally significant building at the gateway to Long Wharf and downtown.’” In regards to potential impacts to the building, the proposal to the commission did not include any changes to the building’s exterior, noting only that “the facade will be cleaned and deteriorating elements will be replaced. The existing sign structure will also be retained.” Stay tuned for more developments as the plan moves forward.

Ikea seeks to turn New Haven’s Pirelli building into hotel,” New Haven Register, September 11, 2018.

© Ty Cole