NEW HAVEN — The aldermanic Legislation Committee last month approved a zoning change from light industrial to general business for the New Haven Register building at 40 Sargent Drive. This will allow the newspaper company to market the 193,000-square-foot building on 13.1 acres for retail use. The Register, which no longer prints newspapers on Sargent Drive, seeks to move downtown and recast itself as a “digital media hub.”

“The Register cannot stay here,” attorney Marc Wallman told the committee. “It has to move. The property is barely occupied and it is very expensive. We do not want the property to become vacant.”