Quinnipiac University withdrew its requests with Hamden to move the tennis courts to the north lot and install streetlights in the newly cleared area.
The termination came after the university faced opposition from local residents due to environmental concerns and received a great support of his own people.
“The request for the tennis courts has been withdrawn,” said Erik Johnson, Hamden’s acting town planner. “I expect QU (to resubmit) the request at some point in the near future.”
Associate Vice President for Public Relations John Morgan did not provide details on why the university withdrew applications or whether there will be an adjustment to the existing plan.
“The university continues to work with the city on plans for the tennis courts and expects to resubmit them this spring,” Morgan said.
As construction of new health and wellness center is underway, Quinnipiac announced last year that it planned to move the existing tennis courts to the North Lot. The project drew criticism from students this would potentially remove 145 parking spaces when parking has been a major problem facing the community of Quinnipiac.
The move proposal included a plan to install eight new 50-foot streetlights, where zoning regulations allow a maximum height of 35 feet. This sparked an uproar among Hamden and North Haven residents in the form of petitions asking the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals to reject the plan, citing environmental concerns.
“The neighborhood is residential and across from Sleeping Giant State Park,” Hamden resident Nancy Navarretta wrote last summer. “Please preserve the quality of life in the area and do not approve this request.”
Quinnipiac told The Chronicle that all new streetlights will be night sky certified, ensuring they won’t pollute the surrounding community. In an attempt to pass the nominations, the university also requested support in the form of letters to the ZBA from top administrators, faculty members, staff, student leaders, tennis players, alumni, and parents.
Tennis players are currently recourse to the courts at North Haven High School’s athletic complex until the move is complete.
The new health and wellness center is expected to open in the fall semester of 2022.