Carolyn W. Kone


“I am a lifelong resident of New Haven and have developed an understanding of how the City operates. For example, New Haven’s zoning is done under a Special Act, not like most of the rest of Connecticut.”

Carolyn is a partner in the firm’s Land Use and Litigation practice groups. Her practice focuses on land use and zoning, municipal law, non-profit organizations, health care issues and litigation. Notably, her land use representation includes all stages of the permitting process, drafting zoning regulations, and representing clients in zoning appeals. She also serves as general counsel to several quasi-municipal agencies, including the New Haven Port Authority and two municipal pension funds.

Carolyn is a member of the Connecticut and New York Bars. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to joining the firm, she also served as an Assistant and a Deputy Corporation Counsel for the City of New Haven and as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Bridgeport School of Law (now known as Quinnipiac University School of Law). Carolyn earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Barnard College and her J.D. from Boston University.

Carolyn has been recognized since 2021 by Best Lawyers® for her work in the area of Land Use & Zoning Law, and was named Lawyer of the Year for 2023 for Land Use & Zoning Law in New Haven.

Carolyn represents developers in obtaining local zoning approvals including site plan approvals, special permits, inland wetland approvals, coastal site plan approvals, zone changes (including Planned Development Districts), special exceptions (including Planned Development Units), variances, tax abatements and tax assessment deferral agreements. For large redevelopment projects that involve City of New Haven land, she has participated in the drafting and negotiation of development and land disposition agreements and zoning amendments.  She also assists clients in procuring affordable housing financing.

A number of projects in the City of New Haven that Carolyn has worked on include:

  • 101 College Street
    491,960 square foot bioscience building with lab, research, incubator space and public space
  • 100 College Street
    425,000 square foot laboratory/office space with an 850 car garage
  • Downtown South/Hill North Project
    Pierpoint – 9 Tower Lane: 223 residential units
    Parkside – 22 Gold Street: a mixed use, mixed income building with 102 residential units and amenities
    49 Prince – 49 Prince Street: conversion of a historic school into 30 affordable housing units, including a tax abatement
    Aura Apartments – 2 Washington Avenue: 101 residential units
    The Maddox – 216 Congress Avenue: 90 residential units and a pet play area
  • Audubon Square
    Phase 1: 269 residential units, 716 space garage and 4,000 square foot retail space
    Phase 2: 135 residential units and approximately 7,000 square foot retail space
    Phase 3: 56 apartment units and 4 townhouse units
  • ConnCAT Place on Dixwell
    Redevelopment of the Dixwell Plaza site to include a 72,355 square foot multi-use nonprofit building (headquarters for the Connecticut Center for the Arts and Technology, a healthcare clinic, and a day care facility); a 214,460 square foot multi-purpose building (a food hall, a grocery store, a retail area, and a 6-story residential tower containing 184 dwelling units), a 41,500 square foot public plaza; a 350 seat Performing Arts Center, a 5-story 48,000 square foot office building with ground floor retail, 13 townhouse units, an underground 259 space parking garage, and an above-ground 340 space parking garage
  • Former New Haven Coliseum Site
    Phase 1a: development on 4.5 acre lot for 200 residential units, open space, retail and retail laneway/shared street
  • Fitch & Whalley Apartments
    Obtained Site Plan, Coastal Site Plan and Inland Wetlands approvals for a mixed-use building with 245 residential units; 2,300 square foot retail space; and a 203 space ground level parking garage.
  • Winchester Green Building
    Obtained Site Plan, Detailed Plans and Minor Modifications to a Planned Development District for a mixed-use building with 287 apartments; a 196 space parking lot; and 12,000 square foot of retail as well as approval for private streets and a public park in Science Park.
  • 87 Union Street
    299 unit/mixed use development
  • Graduate Hotel (formerly Hotel Duncan)
    72 room boutique hotel
  • The Blake
    102 room boutique hotel in the downtown area
  • Winchester Lofts
    Historic renovation of a Winchester Repeating Arms factory building into 150 rental units
  • Winchester Works
    Historic renovation of a factory building for a start-up company
  • The Novella
    144 residential units of market rate housing
  • 55 Park Street
    Smilow Cancer Center laboratory building
  • Quinnipiac Terrace – Hope VI
    244 unit affordable housing project
  • New Rowe Residences
    104 residential units/mixed income apartment building
  • Amistad Building and Garage
    University laboratories and a 904 space garage
  • Science Park Garage
    1,186 square foot space garage and chiller with first floor retail space
  • 344 Winchester
    A renovation of a factory building for university multipurpose use
  • Ribicoff Cottages, Farnam Courts and Chatham
    Affordable housing projects
  • 100 Gando Drive
    News distributional enterprise
  • 40 Sargent Drive
    New Haven Register property – change of zoning district
  • New Ronald McDonald House
    Planned Development Unit for a multi-phase development
  • River Street
    Marine construction facility
  • 49-51 Howe Street
    Mixed use building with 44 residential units and retail space  
  • Church Project
    Conversion of residential building to administrative offices for a church
  • East Rock Brewery
    22,600 square foot beer manufacturing and tasting room
  • 170 Olive Street
    Rental car and truck agency with indoor storage of cars
  • 188, 196 & 206 Lafayette Street and 39 Prince Street
    112 residential units
  • 10 Liberty Street
    150 residential units
  • New Haven County Bar Association – Co-Chair Land Use Section; Former Member of the Executive Committee; Former Tri-Chair of the Public Service Committee
  • Member of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, Former Vice-President
  • Community Mediation, Former Board Member
  • New Haven Preservation Trust, Former Board Member
  • Regional Growth Partnership, Former Board Member
  • Jewish Family Services of Greater New Haven, Former Board Member
  • Connecticut Association for Human Services, Former Board Member
  • Congregation Mishkan Israel, Former Member of the Personnel Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association (Planning & Zoning Section)
  • New Haven Inns of Court, Former Bencher Member
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Former Member of Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Montessori School on Edgewood, Former Board Member

Practice Areas
•  Land Use and Zoning
•  Municipal Law
•  Non-Profit Organizations
•  Health Care Issues

•  Boston University (J.D.)
•  Barnard College (B.A.)
    – magna cum laude

Bar Admissions
•  Connecticut
•  New York

Court Admissions
•  U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
•  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
•  U.S. Supreme Court

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