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Thanks to a last-minute windfall from state lawmakers, a developer said he’ll reach for a higher environmental standard on his downtown New Haven high-rise.

Developer Bruce Becker announced his goal at a news conference Wednesday afternoon right on the construction site of his project, 360 State (aka Shartenberg project). As he spoke, the 31-story apartment tower rose to the sound of jackhammers and giant construction equipment rumbling past.

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