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1161 Main: Only One Part of the Downtown Blight Problem Kerri Provost expresses the opinion that the demolition of the structure at 1161 Main Street will only be a success if what happens afterward is meaningful, expedient, and future-thinking. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: July 10, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/realhtfd_071010.asp

2008 Public Sector Executive Of The Year: Louise Blalock: Chief Librarian Hartford Public Library The appeal and use of the Hartford Public Library has grown under the helm of retiring Chief Librarian Louise Blalock. This is the reason she has been named the 2008 Hartford Business Journal’s Public Sector Executive of the Year. Blalock’s 14-year tenure marks the end of an era of unmatched expansion and recognition of Hartford’s library system. In 2001, Blalock was named the National Librarian of the Year by the Library Journal, and in 2002 the library won the National Award for Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Service. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 20, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/hbj_112008.asp

2011 Set Records For City Venue Attendance at Connecticut Convention Center events in Hartford increased by 50 percent in 2011, compared with the previous year -- setting a record for the venue that opened in 2005. More than 333,570 visitors attended events at the convention center last year, the Capital City Economic Development Authority announced recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 19, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_011912.asp

A $7 Million Jump Start For Hartford's Front Street The federal government has approved $7 million in funding that developers say will allow them to begin construction of retail space at Front Street in the fall of 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 09, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_050908.asp

A 2nd Killing Outside Bar After the second fatal shooting this month outside Up Or On The Rocks, a downtown Hartford night spot, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra is calling for more police in bars and a change in a state law allowing 18-and-over parties in nightclubs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 31, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_083113.asp

A Bad Decision Made Even Worse Mike McGarry expresses the opinion that it’s now up to our state legislators to stop the madness on the corner of Farmington and Broad. City planners are trying to build Pathways to Technology Magnet School on that tiny spot. In addition, there is a proposed plan to change the roads around the space – despite tremendous public opposition. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 26 - May 3, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_news_042606.asp

A Big Hole In Hartford? Should preliminary reports prove true, MetLife will purchase the South Building on the CIGNA campus in Bloomfield to house its 2,000 Greater Hartford employees, ensuring that the company remains in the area. That beats a move out of state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_031207.asp

A Bold Gambit For Apartment Tower Downtown Say this much about Abul Islam, the businessman and developer who wants to transform the old WFSB property in downtown Hartford into 15 stories of apartments; he is resilient. He has overcome stereotypes about his culture and religion in making the transition from left-leaning socialist sympathizer as a kid in Pakistan to unapologetic American capitalist — and real estate investor. Islam is emerging as "one to watch" on the Connecticut business and real estate development scene. One of his personal investment plans is developing the former Broadcast House site downtown into The Residences at River View, a 195-unit apartment building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_102512.asp

A Brighter Approach For City Bob Crelin has been making people aware of the problem of light pollution in Connecticut for well over a decade. He has been an adviser to many communities looking to curb excess lighting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 26, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Environment/htfd_courant_032606.asp

A Business Incubator With Many Community Aims Downtown Hartford needs that vibe of a business incubator badly, and the new “community co-working space” of the Social Enterprise Trust is designed to bring it, for new firms born with a goal of helping the world in addition to making money. The space, launching as a fee-charging business, couldn’t be better situated. In the second floor of a classic, old office building, its massive picture windows open out onto the corner of Trumbull and Pratt streets. The reSET space offers open office cubicle space with wired or wireless Internet access, printing, coffee, tea and other office amenities. Most important, what the entrepreneurs can’t find at home, is the working camaraderie of the shared space. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 01, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_070113.asp

A Center Of Attention A year after the ribbon was cut, the Connecticut Convention Center has begun to do what it promised -- put feet on Hartford's streets, lay heads on Hartford's hotel beds and inject the city's downtown with new life. Bringing fencers and robotics teams, corporate lunches and groundskeepers, boaters and veterinarians, the center has hosted more than twice as many events as anticipated. Demand for city hotel rooms and the prices for those rooms increased at significantly higher rates than in previous years; and even though the center lost more money than anticipated, that was largely due to rising energy costs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 5, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_060506.asp

A Circulator Bus for Convention Center A downtown circulator bus is likely to be running for two of the convention center's busiest months this fall, an effort that could be a jump-start to a permanent bus service. The downtown Hartford circulator would be a free service and would hit the city's major cultural and hospitality sites. Under a tentative plan, the route would include stops at the Connecticut Convention Center, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Civic Center, the Goodwin Hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, Union Station, the Church Street parking garage, the Hartford Hilton, the MAT Garage, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Morgan Street Garage, the Marriott Downtown and the convention center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 3, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_080305.asp

A Curator For The Cabbies Susan Lubowsky Talbott doesn't know Hartford yet, but she does know how to listen. She was hired recently as director of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the nation's oldest public art museum, and she wasted no time getting a feel for the region she will call home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_021508.asp

A Day At The Beach The show at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, "Impressionists by the Sea," is a must-see. It offers a refreshing take on the art, the artists and the evolution of their technique. It showcases a wealth of material from many prestigious sources, including from the museum's own impressive collection, reminding viewers of the extraordinary treasure in our midst Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_022408.asp

A Day To Dance Proudly decked out in green, St. Patrick's Day revelers sang, cheered, and broke into Irish jigs at the parade in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 16, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_031608.asp

A Dose Of Skepticism, Please Toni Gold suggests that before the final recommendation for a new sports arena in Hartford is finalized, "city fit" questions need to be answered. Where, exactly, should the arena be located? How should it be integrated into the downtown so that both city and arena benefit? What will be its impact on the rest of the urban fabric, especially of its parking facilities? If the "city fit" questions aren't answered honestly up front, we will end up with the same disappointing results we got from the previous big, dumb projects: low-income jobs created at exorbitant cost, unending operating subsidies, hostile city streets, intimidating edifices and acres of parking lots that remain empty most of the time. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 29, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_042907.asp

A Downtown Believer To The End On May 12, 2007, Joanne Douglas will bid farewell to her longtime Hartford store, The Unique Antique, and turn over the keys to a new owner. For more than 20 years, Douglas, 65, has owned and operated the shop, buying and selling such rarities as 100-year-old cameo brooches and Civil War-era mourning jewelry fashioned from the braided hair of fallen loved ones. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/EconomicDevelopment/htfd_courant_042007.asp

A Downtown Grocery In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that Hartford has taken major steps in recent years to turn downtown into a thriving mix of residential, retail, dining, office and cultural uses. One gaping hole has been the absence of a grocery store to serve a growing number of downtown residents. But that might change soon, after the encouraging news that a grocer could open for business by summer 2010 at 410 Asylum St. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 11, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_011110.asp

A Downtown Skateboard Park Councilman Luis Cotto is proposing that the Hartford City Council begin a discussion of whether to turn a downtown park on top of I-84 into an official skateboard park by creating a skateboarding task force. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 13, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/cityline_101309.asp

A Dramatic New Start For Hartford Stage It wasn't your typical groundbreaking ceremony recently when Hartford Stage's closest friends gathered to celebrate the start of the renovation and expansion of the theater's 33-year-old Church Street facility. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_060310.asp

A Dream Fulfilled For New HSO Director Kristen Phillips is the new executive director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Phillips is fulfilling a lifelong dream to run a nonprofit business. In her new job, which she will begin by April 21, 2008, she'll be taking care of the business balance sheet so the musicians can pay full attention to their sheet music. Phillips has been employed in Hartford by Lincoln Financial Services doing strategic planning and product development in life insurance and annuities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_032108.asp

A Free Ride Hartford's Star Shuttle has turned into a goodwill ambassador for the city. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 28, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_advocate_042809.asp

A Ghanaian Easter Wearing brightly colored traditional dresses, smocks and headdresses, more than 2,000 worshipers from around the Northeast gathered at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford to celebrate Easter Ghanaian-style. It is the first time the New York region of The Church of Pentecost U.S.A. Inc. brought its annual Easter convention to the city, celebrating traditional prayers in both English and Akan, one of the languages native to Ghana. And many of the worshipers said they would like to return to Hartford next year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 24, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_032408.asp

A Good Match When Joe Black's closed March 29 after $4.1 million in renovations and just two years in business, many brides who had booked wedding receptions there were left without a hall. But, within weeks, The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, a catering business with a facility in Haddam, negotiated a temporary lease with the building's owner. They began operating a venue now called The Society Room of Hartford. There was even business in place — events initially booked with Joe Black's. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 30, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_123008_1.asp

A Good Sign For Hartford With so many corporations merging, downsizing and bailing out of the city, it's always encouraging when a company reaffirms its place in the local economy. And nothing says "We're here!" louder than 7-foot-high freestanding letters atop your roof. Over the past year, Aetna has added four such signs - complete with the company logo's somewhat whimsical dancing figure - to its headquarters on Farmington Avenue. The signs' brushed metal reflects the sun nicely and they are quite visible from I-84. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_061806.asp

A Good Time To Eat, Drink And Be Wary Downtown Hartford's restaurant scene is hopping, and the theories on why are as varied as the cuisine. Some say that diners from the suburbs are getting more comfortable with downtown Hartford. Others say that regulars who work downtown and the convention center are giving the eateries a boost. And some say it's simply the good food. What they do agree on is this: It's not because of a spike in people living downtown. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_022507_a.asp

A Grand Opening A long-awaited amenity for downtown Hartford became a reality this past week with the opening of a new downtown grocery store, The Market at Hartford 21, on Asylum Street. The stylish store has become something of a rallying point for the city's business-center residents. Some 200 downtowners packed the Zula Restaurant and Bar on a Tuesday evening earlier this month to hear from the store's owners, Ryan and Kelleanne Jones. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_032111.asp

A Guru And A Vacant Hotel At its opening, the hotel on Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford was described as almost too luxurious for the city. Today, its owner is marketing the vacant, decaying structure as worth $10 million - but there are no takers. Hartford's mayor says the building should be torn down. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_122506.asp

A Hug For A Haircut Joe the Barber, whose given name is Anthony Cymerys, sets up his alfresco barbershop and snack bar across from Bushnell Park every Wednesday. No matter what the weather, Cymerys, 75, has set up shop here once a week for the past decade. In warmer weather, as many as 50 people gather here, but in winter, it's more like 15 to 20 regulars. Cymerys passes out sandwiches from the back of his gray Dodge Caravan and ladles soup from a stainless-steel stockpot that sits in a cooler on the sidewalk. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 11, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Homelessness/htfd_courant_021107.asp

A Landmark Stand: The Man Who Saved The Old State House Morrison H. Beach, former chairman and chief executive of the Travelers Insurance Co., died on Dec. 5. His leadership, epitomized by his single vote against the demolition of the Old State House, was a stunning example of how Hartford's corporate leaders can make a critical difference. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/History/htfd_courant_121706.asp

A Little Water Music? How About Three Ponds And A Fountain For several years, The Courant has pushed for the return of the Park River through downtown Hartford. Now Chuck Sheehan, chief executive officer of the Metropolitan District Commission has come up with a creative, even ingenious, plan. Mr. Sheehan and the MDC propose a three-pond water feature through Bushnell Park, roughly along the former path of the Park River. The water feature would be a functional part of the MDC's nearly billion-dollar project now underway to separate storm drainage from sewer pipes in the Hartford region and to upgrade its treatment plant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 8, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Parks/htfd_courant_010806.asp

A Loss That Hurts Hartford The city is urged to do more to preserve historic structures, like the Connecticut Light and Power building that has been razed to put up a parking lot. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_062605.asp

A Lost Connection Wilson Faude expresses the opinion that Constitution Plaza is often the example used for failed urban renewal in Hartford. The critique ought to come with a caveat; If Constitution Plaza had been built as it was originally planned, it would have been an example of successful urban renewal. It would have worked. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/History/htfd_courant_072207.asp

A Man of Vision, Flair & Magic The Hartford Stage during the Fall of 2007 offered David Grimm's "Chick, the Great Osram," the story of Everett "Chick" Austin, the charismatic, flamboyant director of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, who reigned from 1927 to 1944. Austin, with his enthusiastic embrace of classic and modern tastes, turned the museum into a progressive presence in the international art world. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 14, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_101407_2.asp

A Memorial To Murdered Youth Denis Barone proposes a Memorial to the Murdered Youth of Hartford. The purpose of this memorial would be to remember and acknowledge that the murdered young people of Hartford are part of America, and by that acknowledgement and remembrance to create a sense of belonging for the surviving youths. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 22, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_012206.asp

A New Arena In Hartford? Mayor Eddie Perez spoke to The Courant's editorial board recently about his major initiatives and how they were going. Third on his list, after education and health care, was an update on a downtown arena. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_081708.asp

A New Boss At Civic Center In a decision that caught some by surprise, the Connecticut Development Authority recently picked a partnership between downtown's largest property owner and a worldwide sports and entertainment company to take over the 32-year-old Hartford Civic Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_032207.asp

A New Dream For Downtown Amid debate over the future of the Hartford Civic Center, a major downtown developer said recently that he wants to build a new, publicly subsidized, $250 million sports and entertainment arena in the city - and that he's even looking into buying an NHL hockey team to fill it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_122905.asp

A New Player For Grocery Store Downtown Three years ago, downtown Hartford appeared to be on the verge of getting a grocery store at Hartford 21. Today, the space is still dark. But while all eyes have been on Hartford 21, another plan for a grocer has been quietly percolating at a spot that's a two-minute walk closer to Bushnell Park, with the target of opening in the summer of 2010. Common Ground, a nonprofit group, has renovated the historic building at 410 Asylum St. for mixed-income housing in a $22 million project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 23, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_122309.asp

A New Presence In City's Downtown More feet will soon be on the streets of downtown Hartford, as a project with nine security ambassadors and six street cleaners prepares for a May 2007 start. The new street presence will be the product of the recently formed Hartford Business Improvement District. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_030907.asp

A New Supermarket in Downtown? If interested parties gain support from the City of Hartford, it is possible that downtown Hartford could have a full-service supermarket offering "culturally" and "demographically-appropriate foods." The Hartford Community Loan Fund and Hartford Food System are working with a yet-to-be-named large, regional supermarket chain which has experience selling healthy food in urban areas. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: March 20, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/realhtfd_032013.asp

A New Trumbull Street Preliminary design plans for making Trumbull Street more pedestrian-friendly were presented recently to a group from Business for Downtown. The idea is to turn a worn, too-wide, traffic-clogged street into an attractive urban boulevard, as has been done on Columbus Boulevard. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_052806.asp

A New World for Colt Nearly $1.3 million in unpaid taxes may finally shake the old gun factory loose for a new developer. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_advocate_030309.asp

A New, Glitzy YMCA With the Jewell Street building slated for demolition, the Hartford YMCA opened its new downtown health and wellness center. The new facility has workout views of Trumbull Street, a spacious lobby, and a 21st-century look. It's a short walk from the old YMCA on Bushnell Park to its new home in the brand-new Hartford 21 complex. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_052006_a.asp

A Newcomer Regards Hartford Stan Simpson discusses a newcomer's impressions of Hartford: observations on the amenities that are taken for granted, and aspects of the city that may have never registered before. He concludes that the city has to embrace and promote what it is - a midpoint between Boston and New York with an eclectic mix of cultures, arts attractions and parks. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 28, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_012806.asp

A Night Alive With Fun, Games Hundreds of kids gathered at Bushnell Park to watch the night sky light up with fireworks on New Years Eve 2006, at one of many First Night events that have made the celebration one of the most popular and widely attended in the state. The revelers were helped out by a winter night that was crisp, yet hardly freezing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_010107.asp

A Parking Lot At Constitution Plaza? No Way! One year ago today, demolition began at Broadcast House on Constitution Plaza, the former home of WFSB-TV, Channel 3, in downtown Hartford. Lots of people are wondering what will happen to the hole in the ground that remains. Will it become a parking lot, like so many other prime parcels in the capital city? Abul Islam, the owner of AI Engineering in Middletown, declares he's unwilling to turn it into a parking lot as he seeks financing for his project, a 12-story office tower. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 16, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_091610.asp

A Personal View: Small City A small city like Hartford has genuine appeal to those seeking professional employment for the first time. Many of the things they want out of a big city are available in Hartford, in a more intimate and welcoming setting than Boston or New York City. Many young professionals gathered at the HYPE Premier Party recently. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: June 14, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_news_061406_a.asp

A Picture's Worth 40 Stories Northland Investment Corp. is in the early stages of planning the redevelopment of the former YMCA on Jewell Street in Hartford. They recently posted a conceptual illustration of the project on the corporate website. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 1, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_060107.asp

A Portland Perspective On Hartford Hopes Tom Condon writes that in 1973, when Earl Blumenauer was a 24-year-old, first-term state legislator in Oregon, he voted for the landmark urban growth boundary law, one of the strongest anti-sprawl measures ever enacted. Most of the country, including Connecticut, didn't follow suit and allowed sprawl to continue. Since 1996, Blumenauer, a Democrat, has represented Portland, Oregon in Congress and tried to bring its green message to the rest of the country. Blumenauer was in Hartford on Monday with Rep. John Larson to speak at a sustainability program concerning Hartford's iQuilt plan. The iQuilt is a plan to connect Hartford's cultural institutions with pedestrian and bicycling routes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 04, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_070410.asp

A Project's Ups And Downs The dramatic, sweeping roof that symbolizes the singularity of the Connecticut Science Center has provided the center's builders a little extra drama of its own. Four months after the building was topped off, the roof turned out to be a pain in the center's topside - the ends of the roof that extend beyond the building's eastern and western walls were sagging. Recently, a giant crane lowered a large section of it back to the ground, the first stage in what could be several weeks' worth of work to get the bugs out of the "magic carpet" roof. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 01, 2007
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A Quiet Cultural Revolution The return of the Hooker Day Parade, a quirky D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) affair, signals a wider rebirth of Hartford's funky artsy spirit. On Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, after a six-year hiatus, the Hooker Day Parade returned to downtown Hartford. The parade has, since its inception, been a casual event aimed at fun. The Hooker Day Parade began in 1991 as a way of shaking up a sleepy town. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 23, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_advocate_102308.asp

A Restroom of One’s Own: Guide to Bathrooms in Downtown Hartford No matter how you get into the city — whether it’s by foot, bicycle, private automobile, bus, train, taxi, or boat — chances are that you will be confronted with a concern more pressing than where to park. And unlike parking lots and garages, toilets are generally not marked with a bright red and yellow sign. Kerri Provost provides a guide. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: August 23, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/realhtfd_082310.asp

A Ruinous Road In New Orleans Back in the 1960s, a vibrant, compact city built an elevated highway right through downtown, against the wishes of those in an adjacent African American neighborhood. The passage of time has exposed the disastrous flaws of this idea. Instead of bringing affluence, it brought blight. Now the expressway is nearing the end of its useful life, and a growing group of residents want to tear it down. This could of course be a summary of the citizen-led effort to remove the I-84 Aetna Viaduct in Hartford, but it is actually a very similar story, taking place as we speak in New Orleans. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 08, 2010
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A Second Suitor: Brewery Interested In Hartford Times Building In the dozen years that the landmark Hartford Times building has stood vacant, there has been only one serious proposal to redevelop the property. And that one didn't work out. Now, in the space of a few months, there are two more. The Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. is looking to move from Bloomfield to Prospect Street, which would allow the company to expand its operations, a source familiar with the plans said recently. The proposal has formidable competition from another, by Front Street developer HB Nitkin Group, which wants to move the University of Connecticut's Greater Hartford campus in West Hartford to downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 13, 2013
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A Sign Of Bold Ideas On One Downtown Hartford Corner The 12-foot “for sale” sign on the parking lot at Ann Uccello and Asylum streets in downtown Hartford is big and bold, and the same can be said about Paul Khakshouri’s ideas for this corner of the city. His half-acre parking lot, he told me, is the perfect spot for an apartment tower, with as many as 800 apartments and a million square feet. The apartments, Khakshouri says, are just the revitalizing spark downtown needs and would attract national retailers back to the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 08, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_050813.asp

A Small Victory For Downtown After decades in the suburbs, the Cantor Colburn law firm is moving its headquarters to downtown Hartford, seeing a reinvigorated city as an asset that could attract young lawyers to its expanding practice. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 11, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_041107.asp

A Space Just Waiting To Be Shared Workmen recently began tearing up the concrete slabs on Bushnell Plaza in downtown Hartford. The plaza is that large, empty space in front of Bushnell Tower, at Main and Gold streets. This author suggests options for creating a space that can be shared with the rest of the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 23, 2008
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A Stage Too Small in City's Center The Hartford Stage Theater has outgrown its building, and has two choices. It could spend roughly $5 million to $6 million to repair and rehabilitate its existing downtown building on Church Street, or it could look into expanding or building a new theater downtown. Governor Rell is supporting study of the issue with a pledge of $500,000 of state bond funding for a comprehensive study of the theater and its needs. The study will yield a report on the options for the theater, identify and hire a concept design team and include detailed costs. The study could take a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 16, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_031605.asp

A Surprise In Downtown Hartford: Let Us Pay For Your Parking Sean Crawford, a parking ambassador contracted by the Hartford Parking Authority, has been randomly selecting as many as 20 people a day this month and offering to pay for their on-street parking. Parking authority administrators said the program, Park On Us, is meant to increase traffic to businesses, encourage on-street parking and counteract negative perceptions of the parking ambassadors, who also hand out tickets for exceeding meter time or not paying for parking. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 08, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_030813.asp

A Tale Of Two Churches Hartford celebrated a milestone that shouldn't pass unnoticed: the 50th anniversary of the merging of two historic downtown Catholic churches, St. Anthony and St. Patrick. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 30, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/faithcommunity/htfd_courant_103008.asp

A Tale of Two Hartfords: The Wide Gap Getween Luxury Condos and Subsidized Housing The story of housing in Hartford today is a tale of two cities. In one case, the state invests over $35 million to spur private development of a new, residential downtown, a metaphorically gated community designed to lure well-heeled couples with no dependent children and cash to spend. If retail development takes off as planned, they won’t have to walk far to spend it. The tale of the other Hartford takes place in the surrounding neighborhoods, which are waking and shaking, blinking back to life--but still weighed down by poverty, less investment capital, neglected structures, and unmet needs for decent, dignified and affordable housing. Published by The Hartford Guardian ; Publication Date: Winter/Spring 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_guardian_spring_2006.asp

A Tax Drawback To State Buying Buildings The good news is that the state is buying two major office buildings — Connecticut River Plaza on Columbus Boulevard and 55 Farmington Avenue — for $52 million, as part of a plan to get out of expensive leases and avoid expensive repairs to aging state-owned buildings. The state estimates the consolidation will save the $100 million over the next 20 years, twice that when adjusted for inflation. But, the two buildings, now privately owned, generate about $2 million a year in property taxes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 07, 2013
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A Third Alternative In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the question of whether to expand the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington or move it to Hartford has been, to the extent it was discussed at all, presented as an either/or - all in Farmington or all in Hartford. But there is a possible third option, one that would use both Hartford and Farmington. The ideas are worth serious consideration. The choice now is whether to reinforce the mistake of locating the school in Farmington, or leverage the investment into a bigger vision. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 05, 2011
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A Thumb In The Dike The levees and flood walls protecting Hartford and East Hartford from Connecticut River flooding are old and in need of repair. As in New Orleans, the levees in some places are being undermined by seepage. Although Hartford and East Hartford have undertaken levee repairs in recent years, there are still serious deficiencies that must be addressed. Engineers have laid out a project list that would cost about $100 million. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 21, 2013
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A Touch of Class As Hartford stands at the brink of a hotel-building boom, with the Hilton Hartford (formerly the Sheraton Hartford) opening after a $25 million makeover, and the new $81 million Marriott Hartford Downtown opening in soon it seems timely to recall Hartford's grand hotels of yesteryear. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 23, 2005
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A Tree Grows In Hartford This Hartford Courant editorial extols the “topping off” of the Connecticut Science Center. The final beam was recently added to the distinctive roofline that will become, along with the convention center and hotel, a welcome addition to the skyline heralding Hartford's revival and prosperity. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 17, 2007
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A Very Elusive Embrace Hartford 21 is a shot of hope for downtown, but residents need retailers, and retailers need shoppers. Most of the retail space that fronts Asylum and Trumbull streets at the heart of downtown's hoped-for rebirth is empty. Lawrence Gottesdiener, the developer is losing $2 million a year in rent, but he doesn't want to sign the wrong retail tenant, or the right one who won't stay open weekends. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 02, 2008
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A Walk Along The River Two of the key tools cities across the country have used to revive themselves in the past two decades have been access to a waterfront and pedestrian/bicycle trails. Hartford gets a win on both counts as the final section of Riverwalk North is dedicated. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 21, 2007
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A Way Through the Park The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, believed to be the first permanent triumphal arch in the country, is one of Hartford's great historical treasures. However, many car accidents have repeatedly damaged the arch. A new plan, spearheaded by Linda Osten, would protect the arch while keeping Trinity Street open. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2005
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About A Dozen Arrested As Demonstrators Block I-84 Entrance Ramp At Rush Hour A dozen protesters who sat down and blocked a normally busy I-84 entrance ramp were quietly arrested by waiting police recently, the culmination of a union-sponsored demonstration against economic inequality and high unemployment. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 18, 2011
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Abul Islam's Towering Plan While most of us worry about the recession and faltering 401(k)s, people like Abul A. Islam get busy. Mr. Islam, a Glastonbury resident and owner of AI Engineering Inc. in Middletown, has plans to build a 12-story, $40 million office tower on the site of the former WFSB studios on Constitution Plaza in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 08, 2008
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Abundance Of Bustle Dragon boats on the Connecticut River, snarling mini-cars near the state Capitol, the crack of croquet balls in the West End and history at the Old State House helped to fill Hartford with color and bustle recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 17, 2006
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Accusations of Theft at Bushnell on the Park One of the biggest landlords in Hartford has been accused in court documents of stealing $275,000 from a group of condominium owners at Bushnell on the Park by using their association fees as his own personal “piggy bank.” Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 03, 2010
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Action On The Ice On the day after Thanksgiving, children donned festive hats as crowds gathered amid the white lights to used the newly extended 100-foot by 100-foot ice skating rink at Bushnell Park for its Winterfest, pose for photos with Santa and ride the carousel. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 24, 2012
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Adriaen's Neighbors: Watchful As Ever Residents in the Sheldon/Charter Oak area have been vocal and active over the years with developers seeking to alter their neighborhood and are no less involved with Adriaen's Landing and the new Connecticut Convention Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 2, 2005
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AEG, Bushnell Among Bidders, Stress Local Ties As the state looks for potential new managers of the XL Center and Rentschler Field, the performance of both venues in recent years has been mixed. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 12, 2012
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Aetna Moving 3,600 Workers In more good news for Hartford and its insurance industry, Aetna said recently it will bring about 3,600 workers to the city from its Middletown office by 2010 as part of a $219 million renovation and consolidation project. Aetna, which has about 2,800 employees in Hartford now, expects the transfers to increase its workforce in the city to as many as 6,400 people by 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2006
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Aetna To Impose Parking Fee On Employees In City Aetna, for the first time, will charge employees for parking in Hartford, an unwelcome prospect for workers in the city and the thousands being moved up from Middletown offices by 2010. Aetna won't tell employees how much it will cost them until the end of August, 2006, and the company plans to phase in the charges next year for garage parking, and in 2008 for those who use the company's parking lots. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 1, 2006
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Affordable Housing Coming To Downtown A 1920s building overlooking Bushnell Park is the latest downtown Hartford project set for an overhaul. Common Ground, a New York-based developer of affordable housing, has begun construction on the $22 million restoration project at 410 Asylum St. The upper floors of the former office building will be converted into 70 affordable mixed-income apartments. Plans also call for the restoration of the street level storefronts, comprising of 13,000 square feet. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 09, 2008
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After A Decade Of Delays, Front Street Beginning After a decade of delays, three developers and downsized plans, Front Street — the restaurant and entertainment hub of Adriaen's Landing in downtown Hartford — is finally rising from a long desolate lot on Columbus Boulevard. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 11, 2009
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After Capitol West: A New View Of Hartford’s Asylum Hill No one at the recent ceremony marking the end of Hartford’s Capitol West was at all sorry to see that the notorious eyesore would be knocked into rubble in the coming weeks. Not the least of which was Bernie Michel. Michel, the chairman of the neighborhood revitalization zone in Asylum Hill, said the razing of the building would do two things: open up a pleasing vista for motorists on I-84 west and convey that the city cares about what perception it projects. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2012
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After Spinoff, Phoenix Division Staying In Hartford Phoenix Investment Partners will be renamed Virtus Investment Partners when it is spun off by The Phoenix Cos. and has decided to stay in downtown Hartford, the company said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 01, 2008
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Agency OKs Eminent Domain Acquisition Of Capitol West The city's redevelopment agency has voted in favor of acquiring the blighted Capitol West building on Myrtle Street through eminent domain proceedings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2011
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Agenda 2013: Bringing Tourists, Commuters To Hartford If all goes well, 2013 in Hartford will be the year of the 'ville — as in Coltsville and Parkville. Dare to hope. Coltsville, the landmark 19th-century industrial village built by Col. Samuel Colt in the city's South Meadows, awaits National Historic Park designation. Parkville, one of the city's most stable and varied neighborhoods, invites transit-oriented development. The CTfastrak busway between Hartford and New Britain has a stop in the neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 04, 2013
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Agreement Reached To Buy Capitol West Building The dismal sight of the abandoned Capitol West building off I-84 that has become an unwanted city landmark will soon be gone. Under a negotiated settlement approved by a judge, the city will pay $1.7 million to buy the multi-story building at a key gateway to both downtown and the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2011
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AI Tech Center Aims to Revive City’s Technological Prominence The announcement by Abul Islam, President/CEO of AI Engineers, Inc. located in Middletown, Connecticut of his plans to build a brand new, scientifically advanced Tech Center at Constitution Plaza in Downtown Hartford took many people back to the early 1960's, when the Plaza itself was new and considered one of the greatest urban renewal projects in the country. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
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Ailing Old State House Object Of Two Rescues Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently announced a $600,000 plan to give the financially troubled Old State House a one-year reprieve while a working group ponders its future. But legislative leaders announced a $2.2 million commitment of their own to take over the landmark building entirely. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 12, 2007
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All-Around Winner The double shot of a gymnastics championship and a gymnastics trade show in downtown Hartford is expected to draw total attendance of 40,000, about the same as this spring's collegiate basketball tournament. The economic benefit of the events is forecasted to be as much as $7 million, more than triple the $2.1 million generated by the old Big East women's basketball tournament. Although both have strong fan bases, the gymnastics events draw from a broader geographic area, doubling the number of hotel bookings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2013
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Allyn Street Property Proposed For UConn Relocation A two-acre parking lot on the north side of Allyn Street — the proposed location for a 42-story office tower in the 1980s — is another of the 13 proposed sites for relocating UConn’s Greater Hartford campus to downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 06, 2013
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Alternatives to the Highway Through Hartford A consultant-led public workshop—the second of three in a series guided by Boston-based Goody Clancy—took place recently at the downtown Hartford public library. The focus: what to do about the highway through Hartford, specifically the section known as the viaduct. Published by Urban Compass ; Publication Date: March 26, 2010
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Amenable Developments If some modern-day Rip Van Winkle were to awaken this morning from a 20-year sleep, he'd notice that Americans are not building cities and suburbs quite the way we used to. The goals and character of development are changing substantially - in the most progressive communities, if not everywhere. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 5, 2006
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American Airlines Building at 915 Main To Keep Its Art-Deco Flourishes Historic architectural elements uncovered as the American Airlines building on Main Street, now being converted to condominiums, are being preserved. The discovery of art-deco details during renovation work on the building's façade has led the developer to revise his architectural designs and include the sunbursts, geometric patterns and other flourishes in his plans. The ornamentation under each window was revealed recently when workers pulled off aluminum panels installed in a façade makeover in the 1970s. The art-deco details date from the 1920s, when the building at 915 Main was home to a thriving department store Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2006
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Amid Conversion, History Pops Out For years, the American Airlines building in Hartford - across from Sage-Allen and The Richardson - stood as a monument to the drab façade makeovers of the 1970s, all brown brick and aluminum panels. But now, as 915 Main St. is being converted into condominiums, the developer is unearthing pieces of the structure's art deco architectural past behind those bland-looking panels. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2006
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Amid Rivals, Bushnell Tower Holds Its Own Bushnell Tower has longstanding reputation as one of the most upscale condo options in the city. Still, Bushnell Tower has struggled during the past year through a sort of identity crisis. It faced what it has really never faced before: competition. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2007
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An Act To Follow Tom Condon suggests that street theater and other outdoor arts events, similar to events that were staged 40 years ago, may be a key to downtown revitalization. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2006
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An Activist Librarian In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that some in city government think the librarian's role is simply to hand out books. Chief Librarian Louise Blalock took a broader view. She made the library a cultural and intellectual center of the community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 07, 2008
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An Earful On Arch Street Stan Simpson expresses the opinion that the now undefined role of the Hartford Times building may actually end up being a positive one for downtown development. The need for more hotels and shops has always been pressing. This fledgling convention city might well put its attention to providing more lodging and retail for its visitors. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 06, 2007
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An Open Letter to Suzanne Hopgood, Chair of CDRA Hartford citizens appreciate the massive investments in Hartford over the last 15 years or so. The jobs, activities and sense of pride all have paid dividends. However, it is the author’s contention that the various facilities in the city of Hartford, now the responsibility of the Capital Region Economic Development Authority (CRDA), should reach out to the citizens of Hartford in a more aggressive manner. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 01, 2012
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An Unforgettable Night with Julie Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia, was recently the special guest at One Unforgettable Big Summer Night, Hartford Public Library’s annual fundraiser. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 17, 2010
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And After the Park Tour, Get a Little Crazy... Hartford’s annual Hooker Day Parade was held in Downtown Hartford on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 20, 2011
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Andrew Wyeth: Looking Beyond At Atheneum The new exhibit, "Andrew Wyeth: Looking Beyond," aims to focus not just on the finished works of Wyeth (1917-2009), but also on his creative process and working methods. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2012
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Another Eyesore Headed for Demolition? For well over a decade, the Capitol West building has stood abandoned on Myrtle Street, just west of Union Station, a five-story billboard for urban decay perched within next to one of the busiest stretches of highway in the state. Recently, the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. announced that it will be giving the City of Hartford $2 million to help purchase the Capitol West property, demolish the building and redevelop the site. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 18, 2010
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Another Look at Special District A special district for downtown, where property owners pay more money for targeted special services that they control, is being discussed again. Many other cities across Connecticut and the country have benefited from special districts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 7,2005
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Another Police Substation on Main Street? Though it only takes seconds for the police to reach Main and Asylum from the current substation across from the Hartford Public Library, a new substation was approved across from a major bus stop. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: September 22, 2011
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Antique Arms Show Moving To Convention Center The New England Antique Arms Society brought its guns to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for its annual convention over the weekend of August 4-5, 2012. This will be the society's first year having the gathering at the convention center, after previously holding the event at the Connecticut Expo Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 03, 2012
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Apartment Boom Emerges As House Sales Lag New home construction is struggling to get its footings in Connecticut, but there's a building boom in the making for one kind of housing that you might not expect: apartments. The driving force: Apartment vacancy is expected to fall to less than 3 percent this year in the Hartford area, making it one of the strongest markets in the country. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 31, 2012
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Apartment Juggernaut Rolls In Larry Gottesdiener built most of his Hartford commercial real estate empire when prices were depressed in the '90s and earlier this decade. So it's no surprise that his biggest deal in 17 years at Northland Investment Corp. — the creation of a $2 billion apartment portfolio — comes in the midst of a housing recession. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2008
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Apartments Proposed For 1880s Hartford Office Building An 1880s office building near Hartford’s Union Station auctioned last fall after a foreclosure could soon get a new kind of tenant: apartment renters. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2013
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Architectural Firm to Stay in City After almost 70 years in Hartford, the architectural firm of Jeter, Cook & Jepson has planned a move to Prospect Street that will guarantee it another generation in the state's capital. Firm President Peter N. Stevens says that young professionals see Hartford as having turned the corner. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2005
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Architectural Gem In Downtown Hartford Office Market Going To Auction An architectural gem near Hartford’s Union Station is going on the auction block soon, following a lengthy foreclosure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 18, 2012
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Architectural Gems: Where To See Hartford's Memorable Buildings, Graveyards Or Neighborhoods The Hartford Preservation Alliance has been contracted by the state Commission on Culture and Tourism to update a historic buildings survey from 1997. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 6, 2007
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Are the Dominoes Falling? Foreclosure is stalking some of Hartford's biggest downtown properties. First, it was the iconic Bushnell on the Park, the curvy condominium project built in 1969 overlooking Bushnell Park. Next, two major office towers downtown, Metro Center One and CityPlace II, both owned by Northland Investment Corp., fell under foreclosure actions. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 22, 2009
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Area Hotel Occupancy Rates Decline Occupancy rates for Greater Hartford hotels continue to lag and there are mixed feelings about when a turnaround might occur for the state’s hospitality industry. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 31, 2009
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Arena Talk Shifts Focus To North End A new sports and entertainment arena on the northern fringe of downtown Hartford is more talk than anything else right now, but the chatter is putting the spotlight back on efforts to undo the geographic and economic isolation of the city's North End. Cut off by I-84, the North End is seeing a small wave of investment as city officials seek to pull the downtown development boom across the highway. A new public safety complex, new housing, and new retail are all in the works. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 30, 2005
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Arrest Made In Rape Claim A woman who recanted a story that she had been raped by an unknown black man in Hartford's Bushnell Park was arrested and appeared in Hartford Superior Court on a charge of filing a false police report. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2007
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Artist Richard Welling Dies At 83; Pen-And-Ink Drawings Captured Hartford's Essence For more than 40 years, Richard Welling captured Hartford in his pen-and-ink line drawings, telling the city's story with every stroke. Described by some as a unique freehand artist with an eye for detail, Welling, who lived in Hartford, died of cancer at age 83 recently, leaving behind a body of work with historical significance. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 12, 2009
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Artists Give Time To Kids, Get Space At Union Station Travelers passing through Hartford's Union Station can now get an eyeful of locally produced artwork. A new project called "The Arts Station," sponsored by the city's department of health and human services, is bringing an array of works to what has, for some time, been an empty space at the train station. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 18, 2006
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Arts & Ideas Fest Celebrates Sol LeWitt's Conceptual Work If there was any artist who personified the key elements of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, it would be Hartford-born conceptual artist Sol Le Witt, for whom the idea frequently was the art. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 06, 2010
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As Downtown Hartford's Old Broadcast House Is Razed, Developer Rethinks Design Of Replacement The glossy architectural renderings unveiled last year for a 12-story office tower on the site of the old studios for WFSB, Channel 3, were eye-catching enough. Now, the developer says they are about to get even better. Developer Abul A. Islam said that he has hired a new architectural firm that will significantly change the look of the building — although it will be about the same size. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 17, 2009
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As Host, Hartford Scores With Sports Events Crowd For Hartford, the real win came when the National Association of Sports Commissions decided to host its annual event in the city. From April 16-19, Hartford was given the rare opportunity to showcase its facilities and venues to more than 700 organizers of major sporting events or those who try to entice those organizers to put on events in their cities and regions. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 23, 2012
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As National Park, Coltsville Would Bloom Tom Condon supports the creation of national park status for Coltsville because it would expedite the redevelopment — the adaptive reuse — of the complex. IIf the restoration project is completed, there would be a mixed-use community there with 500-600 jobs and 500 residents. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2010
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At 2012 Hartford Boat Show, Optimistic Signs For State's Marine Industry Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget included a "luxury tax" on new and used boat purchases, a 3 percent surcharge on the value of vessels over $100,000 — beyond the proposed 6.35 percent retail sales tax. Malloy's proposal brought marine industry leaders to the state's Capitol in protest. A compromise was reached. New and used boats selling for less than $100,000 are taxed at the going sales tax rate of 6.35 percent. Vessels selling for more than $100,000 are taxed 7 percent on the entire amount. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 27, 2012
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At Front Street, Movies Soon And More Good News To Come Front Street is the retail and entertainment district the state built in the center of Hartford's downtown. But since its completion, the space has been empty. That will soon change. A movie theater will soon open, and more tenants are on the way. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: September 06, 2012
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At Long Last, Getting Feet On The Street Almost eight years since Adriaen's Landing began the now $2 billion worth of public and private investment in downtown Hartford, there is at least one truism: Development has begotten development. But, as deals on condominiums begin to close and doors on apartments continue to open, the new sign of progress won't be whether buildings are up, but whether they are filled. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 26, 2006
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At Marriott, 409 Rooms With a Positive View The luxurious $81 million 409-room Marriott Hotel is open for business. The hotel is designed to attract more business travelers and tourists to the city with its upscale amenities. The Marriott has 38,000 room nights reserved for groups so far, with 70 percent, or 26,600, in the first 18 months. A guest room going for $189 on a weekday is about $10 to $20 a night higher than most competitors in the market. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 26, 2005
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At MetroHartford Alliance, A Young Man Nurtures His Passion For The City Julio Concepcion, of MetroHartford Alliance knows how Hartford ticks. He is the liaison between the city, its businesses and neighborhoods. While his job doesn't require him to be a fly on the wall at countless municipal functions, he enjoys being involved and informed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 12, 2012
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AT&T To Sell Downtown Lot AT&T has confirmed that it is close to finalizing a deal that would finally sell off a prime downtown parking lot in Hartford. The telecommunications giant has confirmed that it has identified a high bidder for the property, marking the first sign of progress in the sale of the long-idle and much-contested piece of land. However, it declined to identify the high bidder. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 24, 2007
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Atheneum Buys Itself Breathing Room Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum of Art has secured a place in Adriaen's landing and has also been looking at ways to expand and renovate after securing a deal with the state to take over the Hartford Times Building on Prospect Street. The projected increase in parking and art exhibition space will be beneficial for the museum as well as Adriaen's Landing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 25, 2005
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Atheneum Director Open To Bold Ideas Those who know Susan Lubowsky Talbott, who was recently named director of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, say she is willing to listen to almost any notion that will get people to come to the museum. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 16, 2008
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Atheneum Looking Inward There was no grandiose talk of expansion plans at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's recent annual trustees meeting. As the museum continues its search for a new director, such fanciful dreams have been replaced by a call for fiscal responsibility. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 15, 2007
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Atheneum's American Art Curator Going to the Met When Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser first came to the Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art more than a quarter of a century ago in her first curatorial job there, some of the greatest holdings of the nation's oldest public museum were in storage. The Wadsworth did not have a curator of American art and its considerable holdings "had not been on view," she says. " Kornhauser helped restore the Atheneum's American art, especially the first-rate Hudson River School collection, to international prominence through a number of well-received books and art shows locally and internationally. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 22, 2010
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Atlantic City's New Deal Brings Money, Marketing Atlantic City is profiled in the current issue of Governing Magazine, a piece that suggests the city is up against some of the same challenges that Hartford and Connecticut face. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 01, 2011
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Attendance At Hartford's Winterfest On The Rise The city's annual Winterfest celebration is gaining popularity, with a roughly 50 percent increase in visitors so far this season. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 21, 2012
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Attendance Up, But Atheneum In The Red Attendance is up more than 20 percent at Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. But, the museum is confronting a $1 million budget deficit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2005
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Authority Not Betting On Baldwin's Dream Of NHL In Hartford Howard Baldwin may be at the door with a dream of returning major league hockey to Hartford, but the state agency that runs the Hartford Civic Center is in no hurry to answer the knock. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 19, 2005
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Avoiding The City, Missing A Lot In this editorial, the Hartford Courant responds to negative opinions of prospective jurors at the Mayor Perez corruption trial. The newspaper expresses the opinion that if people are avoiding Hartford, it may not be Hartford's problem. It may be theirs. People who engage the city sometimes find there is too much to do. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 18, 2010
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Back From the Abyss Richard T. Mulready long has worked in managing commercial real estate. Today, Mulready is preparing to hand off his operations to a younger generation of real estate go-getters. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 15, 2011
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Back to the NHL Howard Baldwin, chairman of Whalers Sports & Entertainment in Hartford, writes that Winnipeg’s success in luring the NHL back to town proves Hartford’s strategy works. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 06, 2011
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Back9 Deal an Eagle for Hartford The fledgling Back9Network media company, whose investors include Hollywood star and director Clint Eastwood and NBA pro Ray Allen, is finalizing a deal to open a $7 million TV network studio in Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 23, 2012
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Back9Network Moving Into New Downtown Headquarters Hartford's Back9Network, a startup golf lifestyle network, said that soon it will have three locations in the Capitol City as it wraps up construction on its new corporate headquarters. The 13,000-square-foot headquarters takes up the entire 10th floor of the Phoenix Building at One American Row. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 29, 2013
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Bank Gets Behind Colt Project The developers of the Colt Gateway project, Homes for America Holdings Inc., have a commitment from Sovereign Bank for a $28 million mortgage, one that would allow them to begin work to turn two armories into apartment and business space. Upon completion, the two buildings will have up to 300 loft apartments and roughly 100,000 square feet of commercial space. The cost of the entire project is roughly $110 million. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2005
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Bank Of America Move Will Empty A Financial Cornerstone Of Hartford The long tradition of banking on the corner of Main and Pearl streets in Hartford is now coming to an end, as Bank of America — a far-removed successor bank to Hartford National — prepares to move from 777 Main St. to CityPlace, a block away on Asylum Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 16, 2010
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Bank Of America Tower For Sale Another skyscraper in downtown Hartford is for sale: the former Bank of America Tower on Main Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 06, 2011
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Bank Of America's Corporate Offices Moving To CityPlace In Hartford Bank of America is changing its corporate address in downtown Hartford. The bank will move within a year from its iconic skyscraper at 777 Main St. to CityPlace I on Asylum Street, a bank spokesman said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2010
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Banking On Downtown At the end of June 2008, Sovereign Bank moved from one downtown location on Trumbull Street to another. The bank moved its 100 Pearl St. branch north to the corner of Trumbull and Asylum. The new space — located where the former Bar with No Name operated — features a full-service branch on the ground floor. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 12, 2008
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Banks Remain Cautious As Rental Market Blossoms While developers continue to take an interest in apartment housing projects in downtown Hartford, finding the financing to get developments off the ground remains a challenge, as banks remain cautious about making big bets on speculative projects. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 27, 2012
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Banner On Capitol West Building A Temporary Fix With each passing year, the Capitol West building — a familiar sight to motorists passing through Hartford on I-84 west at the Asylum Street exit — looks more decrepit, plans for converting it to apartments are going nowhere. While city officials are pleased that the largest "Portrait of America" banner was unfurled over the eyesore last week, they know it's only a temporary fix. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2010
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Banner On Hartford Eyesore Is Lipstick On A Pig In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the photographic banner on the Capitol West building, adjacent to 1-84, draws attention to a building that would be best demolished. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2010
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Basketball A Driving Force In Bringing Traffic To Downtown Businesses The Big East Tournament, the women’s basketball tournament attracted many people from out of town to downtown Hartford, boosting business. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 07, 2009
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Battle Looms Over Capitol West A court fight appears to be brewing between the city of Hartford and the owner of Capitol West over the value of its dilapidated office building, visible to tens of thousands of I-84 downtown motorists daily. But Capitol West’s owner, whose $2 million demand is reportedly at least double what the city has offered to pay so it can tear the building down, isn’t the only one with whom city leaders are butting heads. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 11, 2011
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Bean Scene: Young Professionals In Hartford HYPE, Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs, was founded a year ago, and has grown phenomenally. Sponsored by the MetroHartford Alliance, its mission is to help young professionals become better engaged in community life, and expand professional and social opportunities. HYPE has brought young professionals and business leaders together, showing philanthropic leaders that there is a dynamic group of young folks here, and showing young folks that there are people in leadership roles that want to take them under their wings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 4, 2007
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Beatrice Fox Auerbach Used Wealth To Care Beatrice Fox Auerbach, who headed the G. Fox department store beginning in 1938 continued the tradition of giving back to the community. She instituted an in-store hospital, retirement benefits, paid vacations, employee loans, scholarships and inexpensive meals in the cafeteria. It would be hard to find a philanthropy that didn't have Auerbach's hand in it, and when she died in 1968, The Courant said she left the community richer for her having been here, and poorer now that she was gone. Her store would pass away, but her philanthropy lives. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 01, 2012
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Behind the Closed Door Disabled rights activist Claude Holcomb says he can't get into the Hartford Library. He says the access ramp outside of the Hartford Public Library on Main Street goes nowhere because of the lack of an automatic button-operated handicap-accessible entrance. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 28, 2008
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Behind The Curtain… The ‘Governator' Has Arrived On This (Imaginary) Day, And Everything Falls Into Place Just As Planned, With The Help Of Integrated Fiber Optics, Uplinks, Downlinks, And A Nice Grand Piano The Connecticut Convention Center features many opportunities integrated into the building for events, including wireless internet in every room, a kitchen capable of feeding thousands, and an energy conservation system connected to the adjoining Marriott Hotel. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2005
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Best In Show A review of the arts scene in 2006, from theatre to books to opera, this article will get you up to speed with upcoming events. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 26, 2006
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Best Western For City's North End Plans are underway for a multimillion-dollar, eight-story Best Western Inn & Suites on a not-quite-downtown site just north of I-84, a deal that Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez said requires no city money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2007
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BID … Why Not? Mike McGarry reviews the discussion of a business improvement district (BID) for Downtown Hartford and part of Asylum Hill. Over 1000 cities nationwide have used the BID model to add juice to downtown areas, local examples include Manchester, New Haven and Stamford. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 3 - 10, 2006
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Big Crowds Expected For Women Of Faith Women of Faith, a two-day conference, is expected to bring 10,000 women from across the state to the Hartford Civic Center when it returns for the sixth consecutive year. Women of Faith is a nondenominational Christian organization that focuses on women and their needs at different stages of their lives. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2006
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Big Deal, Big Relief This Hartford Courant editorial expresses the opinion that the commitment to Front Street may be the tipping point that turns a rising star into a comet. The agreement to build Front Street, a residential, retail and entertainment complex meant to complement the Connecticut Convention Center and give downtown residents a place to shop and relax was hard-won, but the Capital City Economic Development Authority, with the cooperation of Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Mayor Eddie Perez, and developer Bradley Nitkin, has produced the plans for the final piece in the downtown development plan known as Adriaen's Landing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 8, 2006
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Big Deals Tank The sinking economy is claiming another victim: big real estate deals. According to the region’s major brokers, leases and acquisitions of commercial properties exceeding 200,000 square feet are in a free fall as companies take a wait-and-see approach to leasing and acquiring new space. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 20, 2008
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Big Downtown Hartford Deal: CityPlace I Sale Closes Hartford’s CityPlace I office tower — the tallest building in Connecticut — has been sold in a $99 million deal that is downtown’s biggest since 2007. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2012
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Big East Packs Hotels As Restaurants Prepare For Crowds Hundreds of fans in Syracuse University orange attire and others in Providence College gear walked over a red carpet and through an archway of blue, red and white balloons recently to the basketball court at the XL Center in Downtown Hartford. The Syracuse-Providence game started the Big East tournament, the nation's largest Division I conference in women's college basketball, which has come to the XL Center each year since 2004. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 02, 2012
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Big H Business Profile: Glander Associates Glander Associates is a full service event management company located in the heart of downtown Hartford since 2003. Over the years, they have worked on several successful events in Hartford including The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz and for the past five years, they participated in organizing part of First Night Hartford. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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Big H Business Profile: The Tobacco Shop The Tobacco Shop, established in 1920, is Connecticut's leading pipe and cigar store. They specialize in pipes and pipe tobacco, offering the finest pipes. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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Billings Forge Opens New Cafe Billings Forge, a fixture in the Frog Hollow neighborhood, has expanded into the city's downtown with a new cafe in the Hartford Public Library. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2013
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Black Bear Preys On Coach’s Bar Coach’s Sports Bar & Grille, a Hartford fixture for nearly 15 years, is just weeks away from closing its doors to make way for a Black Bear Saloon, according to a player in the deal. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 17, 2008
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Black Men's Scary Image Reinforced Helen Ubiñas comments on the case of a white woman who falsely accused a black man of sexually assaulting her in Bushnell Park. Ms. Ubiñas’ conclusion is that allowing the myth of the scary black man to be carelessly thrown about with no consequences sends a terrible signal, and all but guarantees it will happen again. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 7, 2007
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Blighted Building Stands As Effort To Raze It Falls A plan to knock down the boarded-up box unlovingly known as the Butt Ugly Building in Hartford recently collapsed before the building could. It's been more than a year since developer Joseph Citino of Providian Builders floated his idea to buy the building at 1161 Main St., flatten it and build condos in its place. But to make the deal work, Citino needed the city to sell him an adjacent strip of land. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 18, 2007
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Blighted Towers Must Go This Courant editorial expresses the opinion that if ever there were Hartford buildings that should be demolished, they are the Capitol West on Myrtle Street, the H.B. Davis at 1161 Main St. - known by some as the "Butt Ugly Building" - and the former Clarion Hotel on Constitution Plaza. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2007
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Blood, Sweat And (Sometimes) Tears Ann Flynn, founder and president of IQ Telecom in downtown Hartford, often starts her day by repeating the words "information overload.'' IQ Telecom scrutinizes and manages the telecommunication expenses for nearly 30 other businesses. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: December 21, 2009
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Board of Education Election Will Impact You With four of the Board of Education members on the ballot in November 2013, the election presented an opportunity for parents to speak up and out about educational opportunities for Hartford children. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 19, 2013
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Board Postpones Search For New Chief City Librarian Citing a need to concentrate on the coming budget season, the board of directors of the Hartford Public Library has postponed a nationwide search for a new chief librarian. Instead, the library will continue to be led on an interim basis by Janet Benedict, deputy chief librarian for public services, and Matthew Poland, deputy administrator. Benedict and Poland assumed additional responsibilities in December 2008 with the retirement of Chief Librarian Louise Blalock. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 19, 2009
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Boat Race Called Off Professional powerboat racing won't be returning to Hartford, even though its debut last year drew promising crowds. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 27, 2007
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Bond Commission Approves $2 Million For Wadsworth, $1.5 Million For Front Street The state bond commission recently approved $2 million for continued renovations to the Wadsworth Atheneum and $1.5 million for the Front Street district development project, which is part of Adriaen's Landing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 04, 2012
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Bond Commission Backs Financing For State Office Building Purchases The State Bond Commission approved nearly $90 million today for financing the state’s purchase and renovation of two Hartford office buildings targeted for consolidating thousands of the state employees in the next few years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2013
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Brave New Traffic Hartford is among the early adopters of GridSmart, a new way to change the lights, switching the traffic signals from red to yellow to green in the most efficient manner possible to keep cars and people flowing safely and smoothly. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 23, 2008
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Bravo, Mr. Campo Consider what Steve Campo, who resigned this week for health reasons as executive director of TheaterWorks, has accomplished. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2012
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Braza To Open Restaurant On Constitution Plaza In Hartford Churrascaria Braza, a Brazilian restaurant in Hartford's West End, is expanding to a new location in downtown Hartford in the space formerly occupied by Spris on Constitution Plaza. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 31, 2011
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Brazilian Consulate To Open In Hartford In Mid-December A desolate corner of downtown Hartford is getting an unaccustomed touch of the cosmopolitan. The government of Brazil is opening a consulate in a long abandoned bank branch at Market and State streets in the ground floor of One Constitution Plaza, attracted by the street-level location on a bus line. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 07, 2009
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Bridge Dedicated To Late City Mayor While in office from 1993 to 2001, Mayor Mike Peters built bridges among the city, state and community. So it was fitting that the new 270-foot bridge linking the Connecticut Convention Center to the Connecticut Science Center was dedicated Tuesday as "Mayor Mike Peters Bridge." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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Bright Idea For Saving On Electricity Bill Even though the owners of State House Square in Hartford replaced a dozen floodlights in the lobby with high-efficiency bulbs and fixtures, it seems as bright as ever when you walk into the building at night. But Harbor Group International, the building's owner since 2003, is seeing quite a difference. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 22, 2006
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Bring Back Streetcars In 1920, Hartford's streets were unified by more than 150 miles of street railways. Those were systematically dismantled in the1940s. Not coincidently, the city's population has dropped from nearly 180,000 in 1950 to 120,000 today. Including Hartford Hospital and Asylum Hill, downtown Hartford is home to nearly 65,000 jobs. Nearly 90 percent of those workers arrive by car. The author suggests that to revitalize the city, Hartford should revive some of its long-lost street railway system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 30, 2009
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Bring I-84 To Ground In Hartford Tom Condon supports a plan for rebuilding I-84 in which the currently-elevated highway becomes an at-grade roadway through the city of Hartford, just south of newly realigned railroad tracks. This seemingly simple idea is a grand slam for the city, and at least a triple for DOT and Amtrak. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 24, 2010
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Bring National Hoops Team To Hartford Hartford has a chance to cement its reputation as the nation's hottest center of women's basketball competition, but it will take a united civic push. The city has been prominently mentioned as a contender to host the U.S. women's national basketball team as it trains and plays exhibition games to prepare for the 2010 World Championships in the Czech Republic and then for the 2012 Olympic Games. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 07, 2009
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Bringing Hartford Together Hartford is road-heavy and its public spaces don’t invite people to come and enjoy the city. That’s the assessment of urban planners honing the latest effort to revitalize downtown Hartford into a place that will attract new residents and visitors. Foremost in the group is a hot-shot park developer recently brought onto the project. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 20, 2011
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Brokers Closely Watching Broadcast House Redevelopment Project When Abul A. Islam revealed his plans earlier this month for redeveloping Broadcast House in downtown Hartford into a 12-story, $40 million office tower, he was faced with a very different economy than when he bought the property just five months earlier. Islam marched forward undeterred, however, and announced plans on a bitterly cold day at a press conference on Constitution Plaza. Experts say he has his work cut out for him. He'll need to line up leases to get financing and will probably face hard questions from lenders. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2008
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Build In City? Talk Arises Prudential Retirement, which already employs nearly 800 people in downtown Hartford, is talking with state officials about a deal that could lead to the construction of an office building in the city and the addition of an unspecified number of new jobs. While officials declined to comment publicly on the talks, high-level sources in state government and others familiar with the negotiations confirmed that talks are underway, and said the critical issue is the level of funding state economic development officials are willing to provide. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2006
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Builder, Designers Chosen For Science Center The Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration moved another step closer to reality recently when the builder and exhibit designer was selected. Architect Cesar Pelli & Associates also produced a re-vamped design that reduces cost by 10%. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 22, 2005
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Building A Campus Around Capitol As a final assignment for his graduate architecture class in urban issues at the University of Hartford, architect and planner Robert Orr has charged his students with replanning the area around the State Capitol and Bushnell Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 26, 2009
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Building Owner In Union Place Faces Foreclosure The major tenant in the two-story, white-washed brick building in the heart of downtown Hartford's Union Place is the popular "Up or On the Rocks" night club. But now, the owner of the building at 48-56 Union Place also is on the rocks for a very different reason: a looming foreclosure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2012
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Building Solidarity Sara Pastorelli, a long-time member of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, which represents janitors in Hartford, does not know any of the 5,300 janitors in Houston. But she and thousands of other SEIU members from across the country banded together this year to support a successful organizing campaign for their Texas peers, demanding better wages and benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2006
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Building To Sprout Penthouse Ten new penthouse condominiums will soon raise the roof of the Metropolitan residential project on Pearl Street in Hartford, promising prospective buyers less noise, better views and - according to the building's backers - a bit of ego as well. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 8, 2006
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Buildings Are Major Piece Of Hartford Revival In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that since taking office in mid-2010, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has taken action to remove the city's two leading eyesores — the former H.B. Davis building, which didn't earn its "butt ugly" nickname until it was neglected, and the Capitol West building, which was never an architectural gem. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 07, 2012
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Burr Mall Redux In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the almost $1 million renovation of the Burr Mall should greatly improve this sometimes controversial public space. Installing benches and looking for additional pieces of sculpture will make the park more inviting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2008
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Bushnell Apartments Back On Market The owners of Hartford’s Bushnell on the Park want to sell the property, in a move that will likely convert the luxury apartments to condominiums. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 30, 2007
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Bushnell Condo Owners Want Answers Nearly two dozen Bushnell on the Park condo owners have been granted the right to join the ongoing foreclosure case involving the signature downtown Hartford property. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 18, 2010
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Bushnell Eyes Debt-free Future The Bushnell has set a financial goal of being debt free within 10 years. And Michael Fresher, The Bushnell's chief financial officer, said it's a realistic target. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 02, 2012
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Bushnell Ice Rink Proves Popular Although the Festival of Light's opening ceremony sparked mixed reviews, the ice rink at Bushnell Park has steadily gained popularity during the holiday season, drawing skaters from both the city and the suburbs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 01, 2011
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Bushnell Park Rink To Open Friday Two weeks after some people walked away from the Festival of Light feeling disappointed, city officials are hoping to impress visitors with a new attraction -- free skating in Bushnell Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 06, 2010
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Bushnell Plaza's Problems Will Take Big Money To Fix Bushnell Plaza is a separately owned entity from Bushnell Tower, the 27-story residential building adjacent to it. A privately owned facility composed of an underground garage and commercial units, the plaza was conceived by I.M. Pei in the '60s. That the structure is now barren and devoid of aesthetic interest or purpose cannot be denied by anyone possessing 20/20 vision. Many suggestions have been offered but all call for the expenditure of large amounts of money. Whose money would be spent has always been the overriding issue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 19, 2006
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Bushnell Regency Owes Nearly $275,000 In Condo Fees A bankruptcy filing cast light on just how far behind the owner of more than two-thirds of condominium units at Bushnell on the Park in downtown Hartford apparently was in paying condo fees. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2010
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Bushnell Regency Sued Over Condo Dealings Nearly a dozen condo owners in downtown Hartford’s Bushnell on the Park have filed suit against the property’s majority owners, who are facing foreclosure, alleging they have violated state condo laws. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 22, 2010
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Bushnell Shifts Musical Gears Visiting orchestras and conductors of world-class quality are no longer on the Bushnell's schedule, yielding to a greater presence by local classical groups with an occasional guest artist. Bushnell administrators and trustees will tell you that Hartford's premier nonprofit performing arts venue is in a state of experimental flux in its classical music programming. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2006
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Bushnell Still Twisting The majority owner of the condos at Bushnell on the Park gets another chance to avoid foreclosure. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 16, 2010
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Business Booms, In Spots Hartford's second retail survey yields better news than the data for downtown. Hartford Economic Development Director Mark McGovern provided an update to the downtown survey recently which shows the vacancy rate for retail space is up slightly since last July to 43 percent. The news was much better on Park Street, however, where the retail vacancy rate is just 9.6 percent. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 21, 2010
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Business Improvement District Could Have Huge Payoff In this commentary, Alfred C. Cerullo remarks that this fall, Hartford has a chance to set a new course for itself. If approved by the city council and passed by a special referendum, the establishment of a business improvement district comprising the downtown area and much of Asylum Hill will empower property owners to make a crucial investment in the future of Hartford, setting the city on a path to economic viability. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 6, 2006
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Businesses Launch $1.2M Improvements By the end of May, downtown and Asylum Hill property owners, are expecting a big bang for the 1 percent tax surcharge they are paying to fund improvements in a newly formed Hartford business improvement district. The results largely rest upon the work of a nine-member security guard unit and a six-member cleaning crew. In addition, 200 new flower planters are being placed throughout the district and a small portion of the budget is being spent for marketing the district. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 5, 2007
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Butt Ugly Building Coming Down, Capitol West Is Next In Line The city of Hartford plans to begin its demolition of one of its iconic eyesores tomorrow. City officials long ago gave the former HB Davis Building a less favorable name -- the Butt Ugly building. And this nickname for the structure at the heart of downtown stuck once it became wrapped up in the investigation of former Mayor Eddie Perez. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: October 26, 2010
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Butt Ugly Building Demolition Begins Wednesday The city began to knock down the infamous "Butt Ugly Building" on Main Street on October 27, 2010. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2010
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Butt Ugly Building First To Go, Capitol West Possibly Next In Hartford, business and civic leaders held a press conference urging the city council to take the eyesore known as the Capitol West building through eminent domain. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: March 28, 2011
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Butt Ugly Building On Its Way. Could The Capitol West Building Be Next? Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has finished his first month on the job. Segarra began his time in office with at least one high-profile move. He fast-tracked the demolition of a downtown eyesore called the Butt Ugly building. And, now, he says more ugly buildings could follow. He was also working to knock down the vacant building off I-84 known as the Capitol West building. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 27, 2010
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Butt Ugly Building: Hartford's Redevelopment Agency OKs Purchase The city took another step toward acquiring the infamous "Butt Ugly Building" on Main Street and knocking it down. The board of the city's redevelopment agency voted recently to purchase the property from Edwards Development LLC and Chapel Equities LLC. The matter will now go before the city council, whose OK is needed before the project can move forward. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 09, 2010
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Butt Ugly Still Standing In the fall of 2008, the Florida-based developer who owns what may be the city's most recognizable eyesore - the Butt Ugly Building at 1161 Main St. -- filed paperwork with the city letting it know of his intent to demolish it. The application for an actual demolition permit could have come in by October. But it never did. In January 2009, a spokeswoman for Robert Danial and his company, Edwards Development, said in an e-mail that the permitting "is being worked on.” Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2009
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Butt-Ugly Building, Be Gone! The city of Hartford has agreed to sell its parking lot at 1143 Main Street to Providian Builders in the hopes that Providian will enjoin the lot with its next door neighbor, 1161 Main Street, aka the butt-ugly building (formerly the H.B. Davis Store), the six-story white boarded-up behemoth on the west side of Main Street where Main meets Interstate 84. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 29 - December 6, 2006
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Butt-Ugly: An End To An Eyesore? The Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that it is with mixed emotions that we greeted the news of the probable demolition of the once-proud structure now unfortunately known as the "Butt-Ugly" building. For the record, the building is not ugly — what happened to it is. The H.B. Davis Building on Main Street in downtown Hartford sits alone, decaying and forlorn near the highway. It was once a serviceable and attractive commercial building, part of a seamless urban fabric stretching from downtown into Clay Hill and the North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 26, 2009
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Buy It, Raze It In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that though it may be challenged in court, Hartford's redevelopment agency did the right thing when it voted to acquire by eminent domain what is now the city's most public eyesore, the Capitol West building on Myrtle Street next to I-84. The city council should affirm the decision. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2011
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Buyer Closes Purchase For Hartford's Metro Center Office Tower The new owners of Hartford's Metro Center tower have a bullish outlook for the downtown office market, as they take over the 12-story building on Church Street near the train station. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 26, 2013
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Buyers Of Ramada Plaza Are Bullish On Hartford Junny Lee and the group of South Korean real estate investors he represents are bullish on the Hartford market, which is why they purchased the mortgage of the city's Ramada Plaza hotel in 2010. About a year and a half later, after a lengthy foreclosure process, Lee's firm Magilink Group took full control of the property and is planning to invest an undisclosed amount of money to renovate it. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 27, 2012
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Buyers Sought For Hartford Steam Boiler The Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Co., with its downtown Hartford presence and 383 employees, could be sold as its beleaguered parent company seeks to sell units to repay an $85 billion loan from the federal government. American International Group Inc. hired New York-based investment bank KBW Inc. to find buyers for HSB, said people familiar with the situation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 09, 2008
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Buyers Vow To Restore Historic 36 Lewis St. The historic brick building at 36 Lewis St. in downtown Hartford -- site of an upscale restaurant in the 1980s and a controversial after-hours dance club in the 1990s -- has been purchased by a partnership of investors from Hartford and Newport, R.I. One of the Hartford investors said recently that the partnership plans to preserve and restore the Italianate-style exterior. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 13, 2012
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Buying The Butt Ugly Building Yes, there is still a Butt Ugly Building. But, for the first time in some time, there is movement on the building just north of downtown. The city is now considering acquiring the Butt Ugly Building from its owner. If it can't do that in three months or so in a "friendly" way, it will try to do so in a less friendly way - by taking it through eminent domain. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 14, 2009
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Byword Is: Adaptive Reuse Hartford has half-dozen buildings that could become eyesores if not attended to -- or could become major assets if properly redeveloped. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 07, 2012
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C'est No More Of Pastis Next weekend, Pastis, downtown Hartford's only French bistro restaurant, will serve its last bowl of boeuf bourguignon, its final steak frites. After seven years of pushing baguettes and pinot noir to hungry Francophiles, the handsome bistro on Ann Street is bidding adieu. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 25, 2006
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Cabela's Announcement Set For Wednesday Gov. M. Jodi Rell plans to appear with officials from East Hartford, Cabela's and United Technologies Corp.at Rentschler Field to announce an agreement for building the first Cabela's outdoors merchandise store in New England. The officials have been working on the agreement and a financial incentive plan with the state since last summer, when Cabela's said it wanted to build a 200,000-square-foot superstore at Rentschler. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2006
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Call Ahead To Get A Table Shawn Eddy and his partner, Anne Bell, are trying to turn 24,000 square feet of prime but long dormant downtown Hartford property into a moneymaker. Nine years after the brief run of Corny T's - formerly Spencer's - The Emperor at The Linden restaurant/lounge is open for business at the corner of Main Street and Capitol Avenue in the Linden Building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 29, 2006
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Campo Breaks Silence On TheaterWorks Exit Speculation about the mysterious resignation of TheaterWorks' founding artistic-executive director has persisted in the Connecticut theater community since December, when Steve Campo took an indefinite medical leave of absence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 19, 2012
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Can Hartford Developer Get Funding? For the past 18 months, developer, Abul A. Islam, has been trying to assemble the financing for the 11-story, 296,000-square-foot, “green” LEED Platinum office/retail building proposed for Constitution Plaza. It is the most promising building project on Hartford's drawing board. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 30, 2010
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Can't Let Main Street Languish Historical consultant William Hosley reminds downtown Hartford stakeholders that Main Street is an asset worthy of their attention. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2005
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Capital City Economic Development Authority The Capital City Economic Development Authority's web site contains information and graphics on several downtown development projects that the CCEDA is involved in. The Capital City Economic Development Authority is a quasi-public state agency created in 1998 to manage state investment in the revitalization of Hartford. In conjunction with the Office of Policy and Management and the Department of Public Works, CCEDA oversees construction of the Connecticut Convention Center. CCEDA funded the construction of the University of Connecticut stadium at Rentschler Field, the new downtown campus of Capital City Community College and several downtown housing projects. Published by Capital City Economic Development Authority
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Capital Community College Makes Downtown Come Alive Capital Community College (CCC) is an associate degree and certificate-granting public institution located in the old G. Fox Building on Main Street in downtown Hartford. The College offers 60 degree and certificate programs and workforce training for occupations in demand in Greater Hartford. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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Capital Grille Promises Dining Delights Get ready Hartford, dry-aged steak, premium seafood and a "cellar" full of wine served with top shelf service begins Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. That's when the long-awaited, tony Capital Grille restaurant opens, the newest tenant in Hartford's Front Street entertainment and dining district. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 04, 2013
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Capital Grille To Open Sept. 9 At Front Street The Capital Grille will open at Front Street in Hartford on Sept. 9, the upscale steakhouse chain said recently. The Capital Grille is the second venue to open at Front Street. Last year, Spotlight Theatres Inc. opened a four-screen movie theater. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2013
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Capitol Avenue Focus Just A Part Of Larger Vision Developing an environmentally friendly neighborhood along Hartford's Capitol Avenue, one that uses sustainable strategies and infrastructure, was the goal of a recent two-day planning session at the Capitol. The gathering was part of the Environmental Protection Agency's "Greening America's Capitals" program. Not surprising for an effort supported by the EPA, there was a lot of emphasis on dealing with water quality and stormwater management. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2011
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Capitol West Dilemma a Cautionary Exercise In recent years, eminent domain squabbles have become more grandiose, as the government definition of “public use,” or “public benefit,” has expanded to include land-grabs designed to turn over sites to other private parties, who are much prettier and more powerful than the incumbent landowner. The city of Hartford’s initial efforts to flex its eminent domain muscles and snap up Capitol West, the less-than-lovely “office center” in Asylum Hill are in the early stages. What Capitol West represents at the moment is an embarrassment, for city planners and cheerleaders who don’t want a piece of unhappy property on a desirable piece of land, advertising the lack of enthusiasm for development in and near downtown and the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 02, 2011
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Capitol West Eyesore Will Soon Be Gone Under a court-approved settlement announced recently, Hartford will acquire the long-abandoned Capitol West building on Myrtle Street next to I-84 West on the edge of downtown for $1.7 million. The next step will be to tear it down. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2011
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Capitol West Finally Meeting Wrecking Ball Capitol West, the notorious eyesore at the Asylum Street exit off I-84 west in Hartford, is coming down, after years of steady decay and finally, an eminent domain fight by the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 04, 2012
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Capitol West Issue Postponed The city's redevelopment agency postponed voting on the issue of whether to take the blighted Capitol West building through eminent domain until its March 10 meeting. Sean Arena, the agency's chairman, said city officials need more time to negotiate with owners of the Myrtle Street property. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 11, 2011
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Capitol West Issue Postponed The city's redevelopment agency postponed voting on the issue of whether to take the blighted Capitol West building through eminent domain until its March 1, 2011 meeting. Sean Arena, the agency's chairman, said city officials need more time to negotiate with owners of the Myrtle Street property. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 11, 2011
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Capitol West Owner Sues To Block City's Acquisition Of The Property The owner of the Capitol West building on Myrtle Street has filed a lawsuit to stymie the city's efforts to take the property through eminent domain. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 04, 2011
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Capitol West Owner Sues To Block Hartford's Acquisition The owner of the Capitol West building on Myrtle Street has filed a lawsuit to try to block the city's efforts to take the property through eminent domain. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 05, 2011
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Capitol West Owner Sues to Block Seizure Attempt The owner of the vacant Capitol West downtown office building has filed suit to block the city of Hartford from seizing the property through eminent domain. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 09, 2011
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Capitol West: Demolishing Longtime Eyesore Will Enhance Hartford People object when some buildings are torn down, often rightly, saying the building has historic or architectural merit. No such sentiment was heard and no tears were shed recently at a ceremony marking the end of Hartford's Capitol West building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 04, 2012
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Car-Free Zones Energize Cities In this opinion piece, the author suggests that there's comfort and exhilaration in walking through a car-free city. In the cities that do it, the car-free zones seem to draw more people than areas that are choked with traffic. It's something for Hartford to think about. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 28, 2009
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Cash, Control Spats Meant No Bliss Here The pact to bring Wethersfield’s Bliss Market to downtown Hartford came nearly a year ago amid hoopla, cheers and fanfare. But almost from the very day of the announcement, the deal began its death spiral. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 20, 2007
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CAUSA Takes Issue With Union The Latino advocacy group whose gala fundraiser last month took a hit when its featured speaker, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, bailed out instead of crossing a picket line has fired back at the Greater Hartford-New Britain Building and Trades Council. The Connecticut Association of United Hispanic Agencies, an umbrella group for more than a dozen social service organizations serving the Latino community around the state, is demanding a public apology, financial restitution and an agreement from the union not to involve neutral parties in its disputes in the future. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2006
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CCC Designated as a Leader College Capital Community College, located on Main Street, has received the Leader College designation from the national nonprofit Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count organization. It has received this honor “for demonstrating sustained improvement and accomplishments on key student achievement indicators.” Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: July 27, 2010
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CCSU Looks To Expand In New Britain And Into Hartford Faced with declining enrollment and decreasing state funds, Central Connecticut State University President Jack Miller is planning to establish a presence in downtown Hartford and to expand the university's offerings in downtown New Britain. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 27, 2013
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Center's Ultimate Focus: Solid Science When visitors step into the new Connecticut Science Center in Hartford in 2008, they will find a much more interactive approach to the science exhibits. Rather than the typical push-button activated exhibits found in many museums, most will entice visitors to try out the science involved and will focus on relevant issues such as global climate change or nutrition. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2006
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Change Rattles Asylum Hill Developer David Nyberg has spent more than $11 million to buy more than a dozen apartment buildings with 250 units in Asylum Hill. He wants to spend roughly the same amount to rehabilitate and upgrade those apartments. Nyberg's offers of cash to get people to leave - and his refusal to renew leases - has stirred community concerns that Nyberg is, in the short term, displacing tenants and, in the long term, trying to trade working people for a more upscale crowd. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 15, 2007
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Change Upsets Civic Center Rivals A last-minute partnership change in one of three proposals to take over the Hartford Civic Center has one competitor crying foul, state officials asking questions, and downtown's largest landowner pleading his case. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2007
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Changes for Rooftop Garden’s Next Season Recently, David McHale had the honor of symbolically opening the Connecticut Science Center’s rooftop garden for the 2012 season, for which Northeast Utilities with its $25,000 gift is its sponsor. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 23, 2012
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Charter Oak Mural Brings History, Hope Alive This damp autumn has had one benefit — the right weather for a beautiful piece of public art, the Charter Oak mural in Hartford. It's eerie how artist Adam Niklewicz sensed Connecticut was in for stormy times this fall and created the perfect image to lift hearts: The iconic oak, part of state lore, emerges from the brick wall of a former Pearl Street synagogue when it's wet. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2012
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Chasing The Whale To paraphrase Robert Kennedy, others ask why and Howard Baldwin asks why not. Mr. Baldwin, founder and owner of the Hartford Whalers as a young man in the 1970s, has returned to the city to get involved in hockey once again. After years of negotiation, Mr. Baldwin's sports marketing company will take over the business operations of the city's American Hockey League team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 25, 2010
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Checking Out the Hartford Public Library What a difference a year and a half makes. In the summer of 2008 we were covering heated protests to save two branches of the Hartford public library: the Mark Twain and Blue Hills locations. There were protests that worked and both branches stayed open. Today, Matt Polland, the CEO of the Hartford Public Library said they're thriving. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2010
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CHFA Chooses Development Team For Downtown Hartford Apartment Project The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority has chosen Lewis and Pearl Street Ventures, a Hartford-based team, to spearhead development for a $40 million project at 95-101 and 111 Pearl St. that would include new apartments and retail space. The team includes: Sanford Cloud Jr., CEO of The Cloud Co., a Hartford real estate development firm; Alan Lazowski, chairman and chief executive of LAZ; Martin J. Kenny, the developer of Trumbull on the Park; and Timothy Henkel, Sr., a Philadelphia-based developer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 31, 2012
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Chicago's Grand Plan Instead of a superhighway along its Lake Michigan waterfront, Chicago has a near-continuous 26 miles of lovely lakefront parks. The parks helped make Chicago one of the most livable and attractive big cities in North America. The parks are a priceless legacy of one of the greatest city plans, the Burnham plan, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 02, 2009
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Church Picks City After All The United Church of Christ will keep its 2007 national convention in Hartford, but it won't be held at the year-old Connecticut Convention Center as all had hoped. Instead, following a last-minute intervention by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, the church will hold its event at the decades-old Civic Center, keeping its people, and their money, in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2006
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Church Struggles For Unity When more than 10,000 clergy and parishioners from the United Church of Christ recently converged on Hartford last week for their General Synod, at least half of the dozen resolutions they considered dealt with issues of social justice, but they also struggle for unity. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 17, 2007
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Churches May Move Meeting The United Church of Christ will move its 2007 national convention out of Hartford if the dispute between labor unions and the operators of the Connecticut Convention Center is not resolved by June 6, and the organization has asked the governor to intervene. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2006
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Cirque del Symphonie Designed To Strike Chord With Young Crowd Like many arts organizations throughout the state, The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has been struggling to stay afloat. But, the symphony will be bursting back into the arts scene with a first of its kind event, Cirque de la Symphonie, aimed at appealing to a demographic it doesn’t normally reach — young people. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 22, 2010
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Cirque It to Hartford – Four-Week Run To Fatten Local Wallets Cirque du Soleil isn’t your grandmother’s circus. Its four-week run of Kooza, a performance that blends acrobats and clowns set to unique vocal and instrumental arrangements, is expected to draw more than 85,000 people to Hartford and pour between $1.5 million and $2 million directly into the region’s economy. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 31, 2008
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City Considering Parking Incentives Hoping to bring in more revenue for the city and increase traffic for downtown businesses, the Hartford Parking Authority has floated three ideas designed to give its customers a break and attract new patrons. The authority has proposed a loyalty program that would give customers a free parking day for every three paid parking days; a "refer-a-friend" program in which monthly parkers would get a free month of parking for referring a friend who signs up for a three-month pass; and five free parking days for everyone who visits the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 11, 2010
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City Construction Increasingly Bad for Business Construction at the Adriaen's Landing site causes financial hardship for existing small businesses on Arch Street. Lack of parking, closed streets and construction vehicles add up to fewer lunchtime patrons. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 17, 2005
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City Council Signs Off On Proposals For Parking Incentives The Hartford Parking Authority is moving forward with plans for three new incentive programs, after the city council approved the proposals recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 13, 2010
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City Council Signs Off On Proposals For Parking Incentives The Hartford Parking Authority is moving forward with plans for three new incentive programs, after the city council approved the proposals recently. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 13, 2010
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City Developers Bicker Over Building Two developers, Sam Fingold and Martin J. Kenny, are in debate with city officials over the building on 101 Pearl St. about transforming office building into condominiums. The city maintains that neither developer has legal claim to the building or nearby parking spaces. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2005
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City Eyesore Prepared for Renovation The Capitol West office building, visible from the westbound Asylum Street exit of I-84, will be renovated and converted to apartments, according to developer Joshua Guttman. Guttman bought the property at a bankruptcy auction last year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 4, 2005
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City Finds Bitter Medicine For Parking Ills For years, Hartford's downtown has suffered from a kind of traffic cardiac arrest - its central arteries clogged by cars parked long-term, leaving no space for customers to patronize restaurants, clothing shops or banks. So when the city's parking authority took over Hartford's on-street parking enforcement last year, the authority's chief prescribed its most potent medicine to alleviate the problem - parking tickets, and lots of them. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 8, 2007
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City Gets $1.7 Million Federal Grant For Street Improvements Near Union Station The city has received a $1.7 million federal transportation grant to help improve pedestrian access to Union Station. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2011
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City Hall Works to Attract Shoppers and Visitors Downtown with Parking Perks With the help of city hall, Hartford is offering several new parking incentives to attract people to businesses and events. But many who park in the city say they are not quite sure what to make of Mayor Pedro Segarra’s initiatives. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 02, 2010
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City Hires Demo Team The city has hired Manafort Brothers, Inc. to demolish the blighted Capitol West building on Myrtle Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2012
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City Hires New Head Librarian Marian Amodeo, who has worked at the Newington library for 33 years, has been hired to run the day-to-day operations of the Hartford Public Library system. Amodeo, whose title will be chief public services officer, will essentially be the head librarian of Hartford's downtown library and its nine branches, the largest public library in the state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 16, 2010
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City Hockey Arena Issue Put Before Legislature The debate over returning hockey to Hartford has moved to the legislature. House Speaker James Amann put "the feasibility of constructing a new arena in the city of Hartford" before the legislature's commerce committee recently, with admittedly vague language intended to serve as a placeholder while the city and a state agency figure out the best next steps. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 31, 2007
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City Hopes To Ease Tax Hit When State Buys 2 Buildings The city welcomed the state’s recent announcement that it would buy two Hartford office buildings to consolidate its workforce, but it also is negotiating with the state to lessen the hit on property taxes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 06, 2013
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City Hopes to Ignite a Neighborhood Renaissance Hartford’s unfinished $77 million showpiece police-fire-emergency dispatch headquarters is under construction. City officials are certain of the positive impact the public safety complex will have when it opens in July 2012. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 01, 2011
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City Hotels Are Loss Leaders Convention and tourist business is booming in Greater Hartford. But the city of Hartford is doing worse than ever in capturing those tourist dollars. While hotel occupancy rates skyrocketed in the region, they plummeted in the city. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 16, 2007
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City In Talks With Owner Of Capitol West Building The city of Hartford is in discussions with an owner of the Capitol West Building on Myrtle Street about the building's fate, according to a lawyer who represented the owners in the acquisition of the building. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2010
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City Living A Draw In a partnership between the University of Hartford - which has more students who need beds than beds to offer - and the developers of the Temple Street apartments at the old Sage-Allen building, a minimum of 136 students will eventually call downtown Hartford home. The project is still under construction, but the first students will begin moving in January 2007. The project will bring university students to live in the land of offices, high-end high-rises and downtown hope. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 11, 2006
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City May Sell Off Parking With limited prospects for filling its estimated $30 million budget hole, the City of Hartford is turning to one of its most reliable revenue generators for a potential solution — parking. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 15, 2010
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City Moves Forward With Plans To Acquire Capitol West The city will move forward with plans to take the long-vacant Capitol West building on Myrtle Street through eminent domain proceedings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 25, 2011
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City Moves To Buy Butt Ugly Building Long regarded as an eyesore, the deteriorating H.B. Davis Building — infamously known as the "Butt Ugly Building" — could soon disappear if the city's redevelopment agency decides today to purchase the property. The agency wants to acquire the five-story structure at 1161 Main St. and tear it down, said David Panagore, the city's chief operating officer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 08, 2010
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City Negotiating New Location For Homeless Shelter The city of Hartford is negotiating to open a "no freeze" shelter for the homeless in an annex of Center Church in the heart of downtown, but the idea has raised concerns from nearby residents and business owners. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 18, 2009
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City Nonprofit Group To Launch Grocery Buying Club Determined to bring grocery shopping to downtown Hartford, the nonprofit group that has renovated the historic building at 410 Asylum St. for housing isn't waiting to find the right operator for a market. Common Ground will soon launch a grocery "buying club" that allows members — primarily downtown residents and workers — to order groceries online and pick them up at a street-level storefront in the building every two weeks or get them delivered. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2010
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City of Hartford Capital Improvement Plan 2009/2010 - 2018/2019 The proposed the ten-year City of Hartford Capital Improvement Plan is presented in to parts: a budget and a description. Published by City of Hartford
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City Of Hartford Withdraws Its UConn Campus Relocation Proposal The city of Hartford has withdrawn its proposal for relocating the University of Connecticut’s West Hartford campus to now-vacant, city-owned land on the northern edge of downtown, according to a city official. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 17, 2013
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City of Hartford, Department of Development Services, Project Updates This report is an update on the various planning and development projects undertaken by the City of Hartford Department of Development Services. (PDF document, 73 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Department of Development Services ; Publication Date: January 2013
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City of Hartford: Proposed Parking Concession The City of Hartford is considering putting the operation of parking facilities and on-street parking out to bid. This presentation is one of a series as public input on such a plan is sought. (PDF document, 40 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: November 16, 2010
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City Office Market Ends 2006 Healthy It’s becoming more and more difficult for large tenants to find office space in downtown Hartford, and brokers say that’s a good sign. According to a Cushman & Wakefield third quarter 2006 office market report, Hartford County’s Class A office market sported its lowest vacancy rate, 11.2 percent, in more than five years. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 29, 2007
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City Officials Consider Takeover Of Library System Hartford's mayor and city council leaders are so ticked off over the decision by the Hartford Public Library's board of directors to close two neighborhood branches that they're considering taking over the library system. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2008
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City Parking Deal Worth $100 Million The city of Hartford says outsourcing its downtown parking assets could bring in around $100 million and that it would be willing to let street parking tolls rise to attract an eager bidder. City officials say the aim of privatizing parking operations is to maximize parking revenues and stabilize the city finances in the short term while providing a platform for sustainable economic growth over the long-term. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 22, 2010
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City Poised To Enter Agreement To Sell Morgan Street Garage To State City officials are expected to sign a deal in the next few weeks to sell the Morgan Street parking garage to the state. At the same time, the city will enter into a long-term lease with the state for the land beneath the garage and rights to future development above the eight-level structure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 06, 2013
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City Proposes UConn Campus Relocation For Downtown North The city of Hartford has proposed that the University of Connecticut relocate its West Hartford campus to now-vacant, city-owned land on the northern edge of downtown. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 14, 2013
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City Sees Potential, Makes a Plan Mayor Perez focuses on revitalizing 'Downtown West' with housing, entertainment and retail services. The city's Planning Division has completed an initial study of the neighborhood. The study looks at the area parcel by parcel, identifies development "anchors, challenges, and opportunities" and plans a series of actions that include beginning discussions with property owners, seeking funding for a new public garage, and more. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 9, 2005
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City Steam Brewery Cafe Expanding, May Take Brews Wholesale In 1992, veteran Hartford restaurateur Jay DuMond wasn't sure the city was ready for the brew pub craze that was sweeping east from California. So he hesitated for five years before opening City Steam Brewery Cafe in the historic Richardson Building on Main Street with co-owner Wallace Ronald. Eleven years and dozens of designer brands later, having survived the inevitable shakeout that thinned the frothy micro industry, he is expanding his operations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 07, 2008
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City Steps Into The Future The Connecticut Convention Center officially opened June 2nd with a 1,200 person breakfast, lunch, 550 exhibition booths, and a well-received speech by Governor M. Jodi Rell. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2005
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City Street Back On Map The small east-west strip between Main and Market streets, once named Theatre Street, was all but erased from the map to make way for the infamous "Mixmaster" - a structure that sheltered pedestrians moving between three shopping sites. But the Mixmaster has been razed, and Temple Street soon will reopen, bringing foot and car traffic back to a downtown corridor in need of flow. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 2, 2007
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City Street Cleaner Makes A Habit Of Returning Lost Valuables 'Tis the season of giving. But this is more of a holiday tale of returning. Specifically, a Hartford cleaning ambassador's endearing mission of returning lost items to their rightful owners. In his 14 years of cleaning up after city residents and visitors alike, 62-year-old Horace Hicks has found all sorts of things. Sometimes, Hicks, who works for the Hartford Business Improvement District, finds money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2010
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City To Get Butt Ugly Building And Knock It Down The City of Hartford is close to knocking down one of its most visible, and notorious, eyesores. There are a few ugly buildings downtown that catch the eye of the city driver. But only one is so ugly that folks at city hall actually call it the Butt Ugly Building. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 07, 2010
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City to Help Fund Capewell Project In an effort to ensure that the conversion of the historic Capewell Horse Nail Factory into condominiums continues, the city is planning to put up about $2 million while the project's developer assembles the rest of his financing. The city would have first right to take over the property should the current developers fail. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 31, 2005
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City Tower Has Buyer A Manhattan real estate company that describes itself as "very bullish" on Hartford has signed a contract to buy the downtown Bank of America building after Northland Investment Corp. ended its quest to purchase the 27-story tower. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 10, 2006
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City Tower Sought Northland Investment Corp., already downtown Hartford's largest landlord and the developer of a new 36-story apartment tower, is seeking to add to its holdings another office building prominent in the city's skyline. But Northland has been rebuffed in its effort to buy the Bank of America tower at 777 Main St. and is accusing the current owners of backing out of a deal to sell it for $12 million. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 3, 2006
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City Tower To Get Face Lift The new owners of One Corporate Center - known as the Stilts Building - plan a multimillion-dollar makeover of the aging downtown Hartford office tower, a further sign of optimism that the city is on the rebound. Hampshire Real Estate Cos., based in Morristown, N.J., finalized its $19 million purchase of the 23-story building recently and hopes to begin renovations by late summer. Work is expected to include a new lobby, upgraded elevators, an improved heating and cooling system and façade improvements. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 5, 2006
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City Wants To Demolish Decayed Building, Site Planned For Redevelopment The crumbling H.B. Davis Building’s days are numbered — finally — city officials said. The city is moving to purchase the five-story structure at 1161 Main St., a parcel declared part of a redevelopment area early in 2009. The designation allows the city to acquire properties and sell them to developers. If talks go smoothly, the structure, known widely as the "Butt Ugly Building," could be purchased by the end of 2009 and demolished soon after. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2009
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City Will End Tax Break for Bond Hotel Developer The city is so frustrated with the lack of progress in renovations at the old Bond Hotel on Asylum Street that it is moving officially to end the seven-year tax-break agreement it had with the property's owner. The owner is in the process of converting the historic hotel into a Homewood Suites extended-stay hotel, but an agreement signed with the city said he was to have completed the project by March 2005 Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2005
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City's Downtown Rebound The 90-year old Metropolitan building is turning into upscale residential property in downtown Hartford. The project represents the first one being built purely with private financing among a new generation of housing under construction throughout the downtown. Seven years after the state first proposed to set aside $35 million to subsidize the construction of new market-rate housing in the city, 2005 is setting up to be the year when downtown begins to make the transition into a residential neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2005
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City's Role In Amistad Overlooked The author of this opinion piece, a student at Capital Community College, recently visited the Old State House in Hartford on a field trip where he learned the truth about the role of Hartford in the Amistad trial. In addition, an exhibit there called "Want Change?" celebrates the lives of those who used state government to advance their causes. The field trip opened the door for the author’s class to explore state and local history in greater depth, and he encourages others to do the same. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2009
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City's Starring Role Hartford takes a starring role in a new independent film being made on location in the city. City and state film officials have endorsed the production. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 18, 2011
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City, Businesses Share Vision A plan called Hartford 2010 has goals big and small, from turning huge swaths of downtown real estate into a nationally marketed site for major development to transforming a North End criss-cross of roads into a nexus of neighborhood retail. But just as significant as the details of the vision is the fact that the city and its business leaders share it. Together, they say, they can better sell the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 5, 2007
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City, UConn Mending Rift The city is forging a stronger partnership with the University of Connecticut. That was the message that came out of a private meeting Wednesday among city officials and UConn leaders. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2013
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City-State Plan For Preserving Old State House Advances The Hartford city council has approved leasing the Old State House to the state of Connecticut for 99 years, a key step in a plan that preservationists hope will guarantee the future of the historic structure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2008
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City’s Public Safety Complex On Target Work on the city of Hartford’s $77 million public safety complex on the north rim of downtown is “on schedule and under budget,’’ Mayor Eddie Perez says. Clearing of the 5.3-acre site surrounding 253 High St., former headquarters to the city’s board of education, is well under way and remaining bids are being collected from firms eager to supply materials and services for the two-year project. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 26, 2009
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CityPlace I Land Deal Backed By Hartford City Council The sale of city-owned land where downtown Hartford’s CityPlace I tower is located was backed by the city council recently, clearing the way for the sale of the tower. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2012
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CityPlace I Sale Delayed As City Sells Land The purchase of Hartford's CityPlace I by a Newton, Mass.-based real estate investment trust was expected to close by the end of 2011, but a land deal has held up the sale. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 01, 2012
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CityPlace I To Receive $49 Million In Financing With the loss of its major tenant, MetLife, last year, the owners of CityPlace I in downtown Hartford faced not only the prospect of a half-empty skyscraper, but other serious problems, as well, including a $2.4 million, past-due property tax bill. The vacancy in the city's tallest tower will be plugged by UnitedHealth Group, and now the building's owners have secured $49 million in financing that has paid the tax bill for the 38-story, marquee tower. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 18, 2009
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CityPlace Office Tower In Hartford For Sale Downtown Hartford's CityPlace office tower — the tallest building in Connecticut — is for sale. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 24, 2011
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CityPlace Tower In Hartford Is Soon To Have New Owner Hartford's CityPlace office tower — the tallest building in Connecticut — is close to getting a new owner. CommonWealth REIT, based in Newton, Mass., has agreed to pay $99 million for the 38-story building and is expected to close the purchase by the end of this year, according to regulatory filings and a source familiar with the deal. CityPlace went on the market in June without an asking price. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 07, 2011
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Civic Center Contract Decision Delayed The state agency that oversees the Hartford Civic Center and the New York-based company that operates it have agreed to extend a termination clause in their contract for three months while the agency considers just which company will manage the center in the future. The Connecticut Development Authority and Madison Square Garden CT, LLC - which owns the Hartford Wolf Pack - announced that both parties have until March 31, 2007 to declare whether they want to terminate their contract. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 4, 2007
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Civic Center's Fate In Focus The effort to build a new sports and entertainment arena in Hartford took a small step forward recently, as a bill to study the matter made its way to a legislative public hearing of the state's commerce committee. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 14, 2007
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Civic's Out: Now It's The XL Center XL is no longer just a jersey size in Hartford sports. The two letters will anchor a new name for the Hartford Civic Center under an agreement to sell the naming rights of the landmark venue to XL Insurance. "Hartford" will disappear from the name, and the familiar "Civic Center" moniker will no longer apply. Instead, the facility — including the 16,500-seat arena and an exhibition hall — will become the XL Center under a six-year deal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 18, 2007
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Classes, Concerts, Candidate Forums: Hartford's Public Library A Real Civic Center Bringing people to the Hartford Public Library is something CEO Matthew Poland and his staff have gotten very good at. The Library offers a remarkable array of classes, concerts, readings and lectures. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 08, 2012
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Clean Up Hartford Parking Mess Mark McGovern, just named executive director of the Hartford Parking Authority, seems a good choice for that job. A city hall veteran with a background in economic development, Mr. McGovern knows the issues and can quickly get up to speed on how the parking piece theoretically fits in the puzzle. He and the authority's board will also develop a strategic plan with long-term goals — a process already underway. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 11, 2010
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Club Blu's Blues Is closing a violence-prone hip-hop joint going to solve downtown Hartford's problems? Since 2003, a year after it opened, the Ann Street night club and the surrounding area have been the site of an alarming number of stabbings, shootings and other troubling incidents. The club owner said he was looking forward to rehabilitating the club's reputation, but said the changes he wanted to implement would take time and money. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: July 10, 2008
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Coach’s Sports Tavern Has Closed, Or Has It? Coach’s Sports Tavern on Ann Street in downtown Hartford has closed, if you listen to a message on its answering machine dated Sunday, September 30, 2012. But, John A. Dellafera the permittee on the bar’s liquor permit, said there was a “50/50” chance the bar would remain open. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 02, 2012
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Coburn & Meredith Leaves Hartford For Simsbury, Glastonbury Sites After keeping shop at seven different locations in downtown Hartford over a span of 75 years, investment firm Coburn & Meredith is moving out of the city and into the suburbs, where the parking is free but walking-distance lunch spots are much more limited. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 03, 2009
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Collective Memories At Amistad Center The historical collection at the Amistad Center for Art & Culture was begun by Randolph Linsley Simpson. One hundred fifty noteworthy pieces from the Amistad's inventory — which has grown from Simpson's artifacts to now number 6,000 items — are on exhibit now at the Hartford museum. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 13, 2012
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Colleges Offer Lesson In City Revitalization In this opinion piece, the author suggests that UConn can build up its urban image by moving entities such as its urban and community studies program and transportation institute into Hartford, where they'll benefit from being in an urban environment. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 19, 2009
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Colt At A Crossroads Colt Gateway is in trouble and needs the state's help. Work has stalled on the historic Colt armory complex, its developers caught in a financial Catch-22. The blue-domed east armory, a landmark familiar to all who travel along I-91 through Hartford, is increasingly vulnerable to time and weather. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2007
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Colt Complex Moves Closer To Landmark Status The path to landmark status for the Coltsville Historic District, the area anchored by the historic blue onion dome atop the Colt firearms complex, has taken years of effort by advocates and officials at Colt Gateway, LLC — the developers who are looking to convert the area into apartments and commercial space. The recent National Park Service Advisory Board action followed a positive recommendation last December by an advisory committee of the National Park Service. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 23, 2008
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Colt Gateway Hits New Snag The continued transformation of the Colt Gateway project in Hartford into new apartments is running into another snag, as one of the project's lenders is threatening to foreclose on some of the site's properties. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 30, 2007
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Colt Headed for Failure? Critics of Colt Gateway developer Robert MacFarlane say all his projects run aground and his company is in debt. But MacFarlane says his project is on track. An investigation by the Advocate has revealed the money problems at Colt Gateway — the renovation of Sam and Elizabeth Colt's 19th century firearms factory into commercial and residential space — appear to be far worse than the developer has disclosed. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 01, 2007
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Colt Moves to Clear the Air Colt Gateway Developer Robert MacFarlane says his property taxes are up to date and his entanglement with a bankrupt lender is resolved. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 10, 2008
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Colt Needs a Kick Start The developer in charge of renovating the historic Colt complex in Hartford, says the project is in good shape despite some funding obstacles. He hopes that the state Department of Economic and Community Development will agree to release the balance of a $4.5 million remediation grant that has been pledged. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 16, 2005
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Colt Project In Hartford Gets New Developer As momentum builds for designating the former Colt factory in Hartford a national park, the long-awaited redevelopment of the sprawling complex known for its blue-onion dome is getting another boost: a new developer and a major commercial lease. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 20, 2010
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Colt Project on Hold Work has been stalled for months on Colt Gateway, the $160 million project at the center of an effort to gain National Historic Landmark status for the Colt complex. The developer says it's time for the state to step in with some money to get things moving again. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 20
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Colt Project Starved For Cash In 2003, when Homes for America Holdings Inc. rode into Hartford like a white knight to save one of the city's most significant historic landmarks, the Colt Gateway project, hopes were high. But complicated financing and the red tape involved in meeting federal historic construction standards have meant delays in residential renovation now underway. Cash flow problems have also put off the restoration of the most visible and historic wing, the east armory. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2007
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Colt's Guns Just Can't Win In The East The funding challenge that forced the cancellation of "Samuel Colt: Arms, Art and Invention" at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is a sobering reminder of the politics of the Colt story. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2006
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Coltsville Clears Hurdle No area of Hartford has more history or economic development potential than Coltsville. So it's exciting that the former factory village and industrial crucible developed by entrepreneur and inventor Samuel Colt has passed muster for the second time in its bid to become a National Historic Landmark. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 24, 2008
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Coltsville Reload In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Members of the state's legislative delegation have revived a bill that would designate the renowned 19th-century factory village in South Hartford as a National Historical Park. A similar bill failed last year in the House. This year there are reasons to be somewhat more hopeful. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 25, 2011
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Coltsville So Close To Becoming National Historic Park Coltsville, the brick buildings that made up the renowned 19th-century factory village in South Hartford, Is on the verge of becoming a National Historic Park, with the hope that prosperity it brought to Hartford in the 19th century will repeat in the 21st. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2011
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Coltsville Special Resource Study The National Park Service is undertaking a special resource study of the Coltsville Industrial Historic District to determine the national significance, suitability, and feasibility of making it a part of the national park system. Published by The National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Coltsville Struggles, But Still On Track In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the Coltsville industrial complex in Hartford's South Meadows is showing several positive signs for the restoration and mixed-use development of the complex. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2010
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Coltsville Suffers Setback In Bid To Be National Park The drive to designate the former Colt factory complex as a national park suffered what supporters called a minor setback recently when a bill that would have formally started the process failed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, introduced in April 2010 by U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, would have established several criteria for the Coltsville industrial village to become a national park. A member of Larson's staff said that he intends to reintroduce the bill as soon as possible. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2010
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Coltsville: More Than Just Bricks And Mortar Amid the push by state legislators to establish a National Historical Park in the Coltsville Historic District, local and state officials met the U.S. secretary of Interior to tour the building and grounds and discuss the steps needed to propel the project forward. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2011
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Coming Soon: Hartford's Front Street Movie Theater Headed To Early November Opening It's nearly show time at the 4-screen movie theater now under construction at downtown Hartford's Front Street entertainment district. Spotlight Theaters, Inc. of Atlanta, which is planning an opening by early November, is making a $4 million bet that the combination of movies, restaurant and bar will provide all the ingredients for a complete evening out. It also believes its offering of independent, art and mainstream films will be enough to draw not only patrons who live downtown but those from the surrounding suburban area. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2012
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Commercial Sites' Costs Boost Economy Erecting a new office tower or shopping center can grab the headlines as construction vehicles crawl over a site for weeks or months, marshaled by platoons of workers. But once they leave, new commercial development can add millions of dollars to the economy just by being there - not even considering the business that goes on inside the buildings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 3, 2007
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Community Art Project Represents Water Returning To Bushnell Park Connecticut artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman from West Hartford and Stamford, respectively, created an art installation, "The Wave," an interactive community art project that was recently installed at Bushnell Park for EnvisionFest. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 25, 2012
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Community College Gets Green Light For Expansion Capital Community College recently got a long-awaited go-ahead to expand, and $5.5 million to do so — a welcome development for a school that's taken to holding classes in conference rooms in its crowded downtown building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 26, 2008
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Community Connections: Wadsworth, Library Up For Major Award Decades ago, neither the Hartford Public Library nor the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art had much of an impact on Hartford, if truth be told. Today, both institutions have changed so dramatically that they have been named finalists for a prestigious national award for community engagement. The library and the museum are among 33 finalists across the country for the National Medal, awarded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for "significant and exceptional contributions to their communities." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 05, 2013
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Concert Business Goes South Instead of returning to Hartford, where he played to a sold-out civic center in 2006, Billy Joel struck a deal with Mohegan Sun to play 10 concerts at the casino’s much smaller arena this summer. While Mohegan Sun guaranteed him a take comparable to playing a sold-out XL Center — formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center — there were other incentives too. And a combination of factors helps explain why the older civic center is losing out as the concert industry goes south to the state’s Native American casinos, Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 04, 2008
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Conflict Holds Up New Public Safety Complex The owner of a property valued at about $55,000 is holding up Hartford’s efforts to build a new $77 million public safety complex on North Street. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 21, 2008
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Confusion Reigns at Colt Colt Gateway developers want $14 million from the state or the Colt project will collapse. They say they are meeting with the state. The state says no meetings have taken place. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 04
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Connecticut Businesses Offer Funding, Inspiration To Science Center The Connecticut Science Center has a broader, more ambitious mission than representing homegrown science and technology industries. It aims to inspire interest in scientific inquiry and a sense of wonder about its possibilities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 07, 2009
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Connecticut Convention Center Contract Sparks Controversy The Waterford Hotel Group already is a big player in Hartford hospitality: It manages the three largest downtown hotels and the convention center in the city. So when Waterford won a contract late last year to exclusively market events at the convention center, other hotels competing for convention business in an already slow market cried foul: Waterford would get an unfair competitive advantage. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2010
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Connecticut River Named Country's First National Blueway In riverfront ceremonies in Hartford, U. S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar designated the 410-mile-long Connecticut River as America's first National Blueway, saying restoration and preservation efforts on the river were a model for other American rivers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2012
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Connecticut River Plaza Sells At Bargain Basement Price The sale price for an empty office complex on Hartford's riverfront is likely to set a record low for the downtown office market, but the new owners have high hopes for the future with plans to invest millions in renovations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 27, 2010
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Connecticut Science Center In Hartford To Open Friday This week, more than a decade after Adriaen's Landing was proposed, the "attraction" in the original plan opened as the Connecticut Science Center, the latest piece of the state's effort to jump-start its capital city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 07, 2009
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Connecticut Science Center Readies For Opening In A Few Weeks The Connecticut Science Center is set to open on June 16, 2009. It's a mad rush to finish the building with the sweeping roof, as exhibits — built elsewhere, assembled here — are taking shape, but aren't yet entirely assembled. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2009
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Connecticut Science Center Sees First Year As Success, Despite Budget Hits After nearly a decade of planning, fundraising and construction, the doors opened in June 2009 at the Connecticut Science Center, a project envisioned as the crown jewel of the Adriaen's Landing downtown redevelopment project. As the science center celebrated its first anniversary, it has been a success. The number of visitors, even during a poor economy, helped the center remain in the black and on budget this fiscal year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 13, 2010
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Connecticut Science Center Still Litigating Faulty Roof It's been about three years since the Connecticut Science Center sued some of the contractors who built it, looking to recoup some of the money it lost from a faulty roof. The science center has resolved some -- but not all -- of those claims. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: December 04, 2012
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Connecticut Science Center Sues Its Architect The Connecticut Science Center has filed suit against the world-renowned architectural firm that designed it, seeking at least $10 million and claiming that architects at Pelli Clarke Pelli designed an iconic roof that was "structurally unsound." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 05, 2009
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Connecticut Science Center's Roof Reinstalled The tricky, iconic, once-sagging roof is again atop the Connecticut Science Center, and this time, officials say, they mean it. Last fall, months after the building's steel work was completed, structural designers discovered that both the east and west overhangs of the building's roof were in need of more support. So in December, workers began taking the roof down. But, recently a crane lifted the last significant piece back in place on the side of the roof that reaches toward I-91 and the Connecticut River. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2008
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Conning, The Old-Line Hartford Insurance Consultancy, Looks To Europe, Asia With little public fanfare over the last decade, Conning & Co., a Hartford insurance services firm long known for its research, has tripled the amount of insurers' assets it manages — helping to lead an industry shift toward outsourcing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2012
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Conscientious Moneymaker Robert E. Patricelli, 71, has displayed a virtual Midas touch — reaping a fortune for himself and his investors — from three successful health care business startups. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 06, 2011
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Constitution Plaza Building Is In Foreclosure The owners of the former Travelers Education Center on Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford have lost the five-story office building to foreclosure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 19, 2012
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Constitution Plaza Tower To Feature 12 Stories Of Office Space, Rooftop Restaurant Designs for a 12-story office tower that would replace the old WFSB, Channel 3, studios in downtown Hartford no longer include curved architectural flourishes meant to mimic the nearby Phoenix "boat building" and Connecticut Science Center. Instead, new plans call for an exterior that is "more square than curvy," an interior atrium soaring from the lobby to the roof and a rooftop restaurant that would be open to the public, according to the builder, Abul A. Islam. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 12, 2009
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Construction Could Begin Next Spring On Constitution Plaza Apartment Tower A builder who envisions a new, 195-unit apartment tower at Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford brought the proposal to city planners recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2012
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Construction of CT Science Center Heads into Final Phases The external scaffolding has been removed from the Connecticut Science Center (CSC) and the gleaming new facility has become a prominent part of the Downtown Hartford skyline. Inside, workers are laying down carpet, installing cabinets and finishing all the other tasks that have to be completed before the CSC finally opens. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 26, 2009
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Construction On Front Street Apartments Expected In Early Fall At a recent meeting of the Real Estate Financing Association of Connecticut, a panel of developers and officials focused on the outlook for housing in downtown Hartford in the coming months. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2013
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Consultant Hired For Civic Center The state agency that operates the Civic Center selected a consultant to study whether the state could better manage the center recently, while making it clear the bigger questions may be beyond its authority. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 4, 2006
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Contest To Rename Star Shuttle Bus Line Anybody can ride a bus line, but how many people get to name one too? Now one of Hartford's most prominent transportation routes is giving riders such an opportunity, as the Star Shuttle becomes the subject of a "Name That Shuttle" contest. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2012
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Convention Center a Welcome Door to City, State, Center Stage Now that the Connecticut Convention Center will be opening on June 2nd, the state will be able to benefit from convention and trade show industry, which attracts group travelers, bringing a very positive economic impact for the state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 9, 2005
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Convention Center Delivers Boat and car shows are growing, average convention attendance is on the rise, and more people have stayed in Hartford area hotels during the first 30 months of operation at the Connecticut Convention Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 13, 2008
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Convention Center Feeling The Chill The Connecticut Convention Center has lost another event because of continuing labor strife between management and unions seeking to organize the center's employees. The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities was planning to hold its annual conference at the year-old convention center on Oct. 17, 2006, but decided to reschedule it to Oct. 3, 2006 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 22, 2006
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Convention Center Impresses Crowds People of all ages attended the opening of the $271 million Connecticut Convention Center, admiring its architecture, size, and potential. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 6, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_060605.asp Related Link(s): Connecticut Convention Center Web Site ; Capital City Economic Development Authority

Convention Center Workers Vote For Union Employees at the state-owned Connecticut Convention Center voted this week to join ranks with the Connecticut Laborers' District Council, union and convention center officials said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2007
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Convention Center: Signs Pointing to Success Despite findings in a recent report by the Brookings Institution, there are positive indicators of a bright future for Hartford's convention center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 13, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_021305.asp Related Link(s): The Brookings Institution

Coordinated Cultural Events Planned for Late September Promising a good time, EnvisionFest which is planned for late September 2012, is a “unique experience.” Currently, the event seems like a warm(er)-weather version of Hartford’s First Night, where many arts and cultural venues open their doors to showcase what the city has to offer. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: June 28, 2012
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Corporate HQs Take A Hit Too Downtown Hartford rental properties aren't the only office buildings that have seen their values negatively impacted by the Great Recession. The city's corporate headquarters have also taken a haircut. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 26, 2012
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Costly Hartford Development Plans Falter Five thousand people. That's how many residents developer Larry Gottesdiener said downtown Hartford needs to have to reach the same density — for a city its size — as New York City. That was the goal. But here's the reality — downtown has roughly 2,000 or so residents and that number won't be growing significantly any time soon. Thanks to the flagging credit market, money for new, big building projects is nearly impossible to get. For now, at least, the building boom is done. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2008
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Costume Workshops For Hooker Day Parade Are Scheduled Hoping to persuade more people to don outlandish costumes and march through downtown, organizers of the annual Hooker Day Parade are offering free workshops to help create the zany attire that is the parade's hallmark. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 06, 2011
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Council Cautious On Parking Lot The Hartford city council postponed a decision recently over the fate of a downtown parking lot that has become the center of a political tempest for Mayor Eddie A. Perez. Perez had asked the council to consider a proposal from the city's parking authority to take over and re-bid the management contract for the city-owned lot. But the council shied away from a quick decision, instead asking the city's parking officials to clarify cost and revenue estimates included in the authority's proposal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 7, 2007
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Council Examines Transportation Options The region’s long-range transportation needs and options were the subject of a recent meeting of Hartford City Council’s Economic Development Committee. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 07, 2010
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Council OKs One Of Two Resolutions Regarding Butt Ugly Building The city council recently passed one of the two resolutions brought before it regarding the "Butt Ugly Building" on Main Street. The council passed a resolution authorizing the city's redevelopment agency to purchase 1161 Main St. ("Butt Ugly Building"). It referred a second resolution -- which authorizes the acquisition of the property -- to the planning and zoning commission and the planning and economic development committee for review. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 12, 2010
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Court To Northland: Money By Mid-January Or You Lose CityPlace II Northland Investment Corp. is dangerously close to losing a second office tower in downtown Hartford to foreclosure. CityPlace II, an 18-story tower on the corner of Asylum and Trumbull streets, came under a judgment of strict foreclosure in Superior Court in Hartford — the last step before a building owner loses title to a property. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 02, 2011
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Cranes & Scaffolds: April '05: Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An at-a-glance commentary on selected proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. (PDF document - 1 page) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 3, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/cranes_scaffolds_0405.pdf Related Link(s): Cranes & Scaffolds: December '04: Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects (PDF document - 1 page)

Cranes & Scaffolds: April '07 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_0407.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: August '05 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. (PDF file, one page) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/cranes_scaffolds_0805.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: December '04 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 1, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/cranes_scaffolds_1204.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: December '06 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 1, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_1206.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: December '07 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2007
Document Link: /Issues/Documents/DowntownDevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_1207.pdf

Cranes and Scaffolds, June 2008 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 22, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_0608.pdf

Cranes and Scaffolds: April '06 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 2, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_040206.asp

CRDA Approves Funding For Two, Smaller-Scale Apartment Conversions Two of the smaller-scale apartment conversions planned for downtown Hartford — on Allyn and Ann streets — were approved for funding late Thursday by the Capital Region Development Authority. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 22, 2013
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CRDA Moving Quickly on Housing Mission The newly minted Capital Region Development Authority has met just a few times, but is already off to a fast start in making some key decisions about the future of economic development for Greater Hartford. The quasi-public agency, which was established by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state lawmakers this year to better coordinate economic development for the region, has already set aside $17.7 million for a major downtown Hartford housing project; targeted a new executive director; and launched a fact finding mission on the future use of major venues, including the XL Center. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 17, 2012
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Creating Colt Developer Lance Robbins isn't sugarcoating the challenges that remain to make Colt Gateway a viable part of the community. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 18, 2009
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Creative Parking People who work in CityPlace said they were intrigued recently when they saw a patch of sod covering a metered parking spot on Asylum Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2013
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Crown Jewel? Hat Shop Uncaps Hopes On Hartford The Hat Place, a millinery shop specializing in hat making, sales and repairs, has found the ideal venue in downtown Hartford — on an upper floor of 99 Pratt St. The shop’s arrival is another sign of downtown’s appeal to merchants like The Hat Place who covet the customers who work and live in the city hub. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 01, 2009
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Crowne Plaza Hotel Could Get New Owner Owners of the Crowne Plaza hotel missed a crucial deadline in their bankruptcy proceeding, almost certainly meaning that the hotel will get a new owner, the city's chief operating officer said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 02, 2011
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Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hartford Gets New Name The struggling Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Hartford is getting a new name — Ramada Plaza — after the hotel's owners fell into foreclosure and lost control of the day-to-day management of the 350-room hotel. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 30, 2011
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Crowne Plaza Lead Investor Says Bankruptcy Filed To Protect Mortgage The owners of the Crowne Plaza hotel filed for bankruptcy protection as an emergency measure to prevent a "hostile takeover" of the delinquent mortgage, and intend to remain open, the lead investor said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 31, 2010
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CT Stats: A Plan to Give More Money to Schools Some of the state's wealthiest school districts will see the largest percentage increases in state grants over the next five years under the budget proposed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. This chart shows the five year increase in state education grants for each district from the current fiscal year to fiscal year 2011-2012. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 6, 2007
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CTfastrak Comes To The Big H As CTfastrak rushes to completion - it is on schedule and on budget – and it changes bus services affecting downtown Hartford, especially the center of town (the Big H) in a real positive sense. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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Culinary Institute Proposal Revived: Hastings Hotel Still Considered for Site After a 10-month period of uncertainty, the proposal to house the Connecticut Culinary Institute in Hartford's old Hastings Hotel and Conference Center has been revived. The location would provide student housing and restaurant and banquet facilities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 8, 2005
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Curtain Goes Up On Hartford Stage Expansion Project Hartford Stage will get its first physical upgrade in 17 years when construction starts in June 2010 on the initial $4 million phase of its renovation and expansion project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 14, 2010
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Cutting Tourism Budget Pulls Rug Out From Industry In this opinion piece, Mike McGarry suggests that all the politicians say they want to create jobs, but apparently not in the hospitality industry. Connecticut has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in visitor facilities, and then cut the funds needed to market them. This is a classic example of being penny-wise and pound-stupid. It is destroying the hospitality industry in Greater Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_062710.asp

Dancers, Drummers, And Martial Arts Demonstrations Among Asian Festival’s Highlights While dragon boat paddlers compete on the river, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in downtown Hartford will blossom with the colorful sights and sounds of Asian cultures during Riverfront Recapture’s Dragon Boat and Asian Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, 2012. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 16, 2012
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Day, Berry May Jump from Tower Day, Berry & Howard, the state’s largest law firm, may soon be ditching the state’s largest office tower. The law firm confirmed to the Hartford Business Journal that it is close to finalizing a deal for new space at 242 Trumbull St., which sits at the corner of Trumbull and Pratt streets. Day Berry would take over roughly 85,000 square feet of space vacated by the MetLife insurance company. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 24, 2006
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Deal By Owners, City, Union Could Save Hartford Hilton Deep financial troubles at the Hartford Hilton that threatened to shutter the downtown hotel appear to have been averted, raising hopes that 150 jobs will be saved and the city will not lose another landmark hotel. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2010
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Deal To Run Civic Center Expected By Month's End Concerned that the state would lose more than $3.5 million a year through 2013 on its lease of the city-owned Hartford Civic Center, the Connecticut Development Authority decided to see if anyone could do better. Three groups said they could, and the authority was to have recently picked one of them. Although the future of professional hockey in Hartford has garnered a lot of attention, the decision has more to do with the operation of the arena. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_032107.asp

Deals Costing College Plenty Capital Community College pays developer Anthony D. Autorino for use of a portion of the downtown high-rise building it occupies, including common entrances, exits and elevators used by the college. That arrangement, along with fees the college pays the Hartford Parking Authority for parking spaces, is adding nearly $1 million a year to the school's budget - part of the price the school pays for its move downtown five years ago into the former G. Fox department store. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_061007.asp

Debating The Future Of The Old State House In Hartford In 1814, a group of New England Federalist politicians, unhappy with the conduct of the War of 1812, met in the council chamber of the Old State House to discuss seceding from the Union. History has brought resilient strength to the United States. But the 213-year-old downtown landmark has been plagued by financial uncertainty from its earliest days to this summer, as the state budget crisis leaves its immediate future uncertain. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_070409.asp

Debt-Free Revival 100 Pearl St. isn’t downtown Hartford’s most spacious or tallest office skyscraper. It isn’t even the oldest. But the 17-story tower, distinctive for its sapphire-blue-glass sheathing and soaring six-story lobby, has one thing going for it: No mortgage. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 02, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_080210.asp

Decision Looms for Hartford Stage, The Hartford Stage is planning an expansion which would create a second stage and make the theater more inviting to a larger community. Theater leaders are determined that programming will determine the building, not the other way around, which has been the case with many arts capital projects that have failed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 1, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_050105.asp

Decline of the Emperor A downtown nightclub closes its doors — again. The Emperor at the Linden's bass was booming, and its clientele left rowdy. Upstairs, residents of the Linden condominiums said they couldn't sleep. That's the reasoning behind the Hartford Superior Court's recent decision to have the posh restaurant and lounge close its doors at 11 p.m. The club has been closed since July 8. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: July 21, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_advocate_072109.asp

Democrats Seek Change Of Venue As a simmering labor dispute at the state's new convention center heated up, Democratic Party officials, who have vowed not to cross a picket line, prepared to cross town instead. Instead of holding their state convention at Hartford's new jewel, Democrats are close to finalizing a deal to hold the May 20 event at the University of Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 31, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_033106.asp

Demolition Begins On Butt Ugly Building A towering, mechanized claw reached up and took its first bite out of the "Butt Ugly Building," a once-flourishing department store that became a symbol of the city's decline. Demolition of the dilapidated former H.B. Davis Building at 1161 Main St., close to I-84, is expected to be completed by mid-November 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_102710.asp

Design Concept for Redesign of Trinity Street Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park The design concept for a redesign of Trinity Street and the Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park as of Nov. 2005. The estimated date for the final design is July 2006. Published by Capital Region Council of Governments ; Publication Date: November 2005
Document Link: /issues/wsd/parks/archredesign.pdf

Designs Done Even though the site is obscured by construction fences and a shroud of snow, the hoped-for future of Hartford's Front Street District came into focus recently as developers told the state that they had completed their design phase and brought pictures to prove it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 15, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_121507.asp

Desire For Elm St. It's the forgotten gateway to downtown Hartford: the Whitehead Highway, a spur off I-91 that ends at Pulaski Circle at Bushnell Park. But now, the new owner of 50 Elm St., a decaying, three-story building across the circle from the park, hopes to give new visibility to the area. That could tie into the iQuilt plan, a vision for a continuous walkway from the state Capitol to the Connecticut River. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_081211_1.asp

Despite Slumping Economy, Hartford's Front Street Project Advances Front Street could have been Hartford's Blue Back Square, a retail and residential hub just west of the Connecticut Convention Center anchoring downtown Hartford's state-funded rebirth. Nothing close to that has happened yet. But come early November 2008, Front Street will quietly become a construction site for a much less ambitious goal — an all-retail, no-residential development that, despite the nation's slumping economy, is still tiptoeing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 02, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_100208.asp

Destruction of Turf? Casual Ultimate Frisbee and soccer games that are being held in Bushnell Park are banned, but other, far-more destructive activities, such as Envisionfest or the Hartford Marathon, are allowed. In its Greenwalk Master Plan/Bushnell Park Master Plan, “passive recreation” is being esteemed over all else. Active recreation is only encouraged when it is tied to creating revenue. Is destruction of turf the issue, or is it only one when not tied to creation of revenue or the programming envisioned by the iQuilt Plan? Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: September 20, 2012
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Developer Emerges For Housing At Vacant Hartford Office Tower A Fairfield developer who successfully built New Haven's tallest apartment building two years ago is looking seriously at one of downtown Hartford's most visible — and vacant — office towers, the former Bank of America building, for conversion into rental housing. And the apartments would be mixed-income, with some moderately priced units, in contrast to many of the proposed and recently completed apartment projects in Greater Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 02, 2012
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Developer Eyes 111 Pearl Street For New Hotel One of the biggest boosters for housing in downtown Hartford may have concluded that the area now has all the housing it can handle. But maybe not all the guest rooms it needs. According to city officials, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and its Trumbull Centre partner, developer Martin J. Kenny, are abandoning plans to convert 111 Pearl Street to apartments in favor of a plan to build a small hotel there. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 16, 2006
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Developer Favors Condos Developer David Nyberg, owner of the old American Airlines building on Main Street, is changing his plan for the building: What was once going to be office and retail space could soon become condominiums. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2005
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Developer Lines Up A Key Investor The man who wants to turn the century-old Capewell Horse Nail Co. factory into condominiums says he has a private investor for a partner and could start construction at the long-vacant complex in the city by September. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2006
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Developer On A Short Leash By his own admission, developer and former state legislator J. Martin Hennessey has had his share of failed projects. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 5, 2007
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Developer Picked for Project The city has chosen a New York developer to move forward with plans to turn a city-owned building at 101 Pearl St. into condominiums. Not everyone is pleased with the decision. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2005
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Developer Redesigns Tower The redesign of what is planned as downtown Hartford’s first office tower in decades is back to square one — literally. Gone are the elliptoid curves and mixture of metal, masonry and glass exteriors of the previous design for the $40 million AI Technical Center to be situated in Constitution Plaza, replaced by a rectangular, glass-sheathed design penned by Boston architects Childs, Bertman Tseckares Inc. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 23, 2009
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Developer Shops For NHL Team Lawrence R. Gottesdiener - downtown Hartford's largest landlord - said recently that he has begun shopping for an NHL franchise because he thinks the best way to convince investors and politicians to build a new sports arena in the city is to have a team in his portfolio first. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 6, 2006
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Developer Taking Coltsville Over Hurdles To National Park Designation Lance Robbins, the developer working to get financial control of the Coltsville complex, wants to see the historic site become a national park. But Robbins, the principal of Urban Smart Growth, said he has to take care of some fundamentals first. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 30, 2010
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Developer's Arena Deal Fits Right Into Plan Lawrence R. Gottesdiener, the Hartford real estate developer, is next in line to run the Hartford Civic Center. The deal could make him money, the deal could lose him money. Gottesdiener got into the hockey and arena games not because he's in the hockey and arena business, but because he needs a successful arena - next to the apartments he owns, near the office buildings he owns, down the street from the hotel that he owns - to make his Hartford vision work. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2007
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Developer, Homeowner Defaults Share Roots Look closely and it’s easy to see parallels between foreclosure filings for three signature Hartford commercial and residential properties — CityPlace II, Metro Center and Bushnell On The Park — and the hundreds of home seizures washing up in Connecticut courthouses. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: December 21, 2009
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Developer: Front Street Finally At Tipping Point A casual, mid-priced family restaurant may soon join the growing roster of tenants at Hartford's Front Street entertainment district, which includes a live music venue and an upscale steakhouse under construction. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2013
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Developing Connective Tissue in Downtown Hartford’s Chief Operating Officer, David Panagore, participated recently in a HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs) sponsored discussion regarding the direction of development in downtown. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: September 28, 2010
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Development Agency Leader To Step Down After more than seven years at the state agency that oversees downtown development in Hartford and almost two years as its executive director, Annette Sanderson is leaving her post at the Capital City Economic Development Authority. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 5, 2007
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Development's Price Jumps Cost estimates to build the Front Street District in Hartford have risen from $46.5 million to $60 million, but the project's developers say they'll need no additional public money for the long-awaited downtown retail and residential district to go forward. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 12, 2007
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Dine-Around Increases Hartford Restaurant Awareness Hartford restaurateurs strengthened their partnerships with hospitality marketers on May 29, 2012 through a special dining tour of downtown. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 04, 2012
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Dinged, Not Dead The defeat of the Coltsville National Park bill in the U.S. House of Representatives this week is more a speed bump than a brick wall. U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, a staunch supporter of the park proposal, attempted to get the bill passed on what is called the suspension calendar, which requires a two-thirds vote for approval. Not a single Republican was willing to support the measure, perhaps not surprisingly in the weeks before the pivotal mid-term elections. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 25, 2010
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Dinosaurs Unearthed Unveiled The Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit featured 14 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, three full-scale articulated skeletons, 23 fossil specimens (including Coprolite), and numerous facts. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: April 05, 2012
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Director For The People In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that Susan Lubowsky Talbott struck just the right note when she was introduced as the new director of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art last week. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2008
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Directors At Hartford Library Vote To Freeze Hiring The Hartford Public Library's board of directors has approved a temporary hiring freeze. The move came after the recent posting of two vacant library positions. At the top pay levels, the total cost for the two positions would be about $130,000 a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 07, 2008
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District Plan Gets Green Light Downtown Hartford property owners overwhelmingly approved a plan to raise their taxes and make for cleaner and safer streets recently, but the work of delivering on the plan's promise may well be harder than selling the promise itself. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2006
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Dollar Per Hour Parking, But Don't Be Late Doing business in downtown Hartford may cost less if the Hartford Parking Authority gets its way. The HPA unanimously approved a dramatic reduction in parking rates recently. If Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez and the Hartford City Council agree, the HPA will lower on-street meter parking rates from $1.50 to $1 per hour, and drop parking rates at the city-owned Church Street and MAT garages from $7 to $3 for the first two hours. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 15, 2007
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Dollars, Scents House of Essence, a high-end fragrance boutique, opened recently on Pratt Street in downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 06, 2011
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Don't Stint On Promotion A budget cut by the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee may drastically inhibit downtown Hartford's new Connecticut Convention Center's marketing and promotions ability to attract visitors. Although $270 million will be spent to open the center, fewer dollars are being allotted to promote the center after its doors open. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2005
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Don’t Replace Civic Center, Says Panel A new sports and entertainment arena replacing the Civic Center would be difficult to finance and not be in Hartford's best interest, a 10-member visiting panel of experts in urban development said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2007
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Donated Skates Needed At Hartford Rink With the opening ceremony just days away, organizers of the city's annual Winterfest celebration are seeking new or gently used skates, hats and gloves. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 20, 2012
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Down With Blighted Buildings This Courant editorial comments on Mayor Eddie A. Perez's plans to demolish and replace the most prominent eyesores in and around Hartford's downtown. The city's redevelopment agency should approve the plans as soon as possible. These long-vacant, rundown dumps can't come down fast enough. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 17, 2007
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Down With Butt Ugly Hartford's monument to blight, the aptly nicknamed Butt Ugly Building, might be coming down. The emphasis is on "might." Its owner, Robert A. Danial of Florida, has — finally! — filed papers with city hall signaling his intention to demolish the dump at the corner of Main and Trumbull. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2008
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Downtown Apartment Projects Supported By Market Demand An increase in the city's housing vacancy rate from 11.1 percent in 2000 to 15 percent in 2011, during which time hundreds of residential units were added to the downtown district. We are led to believe that the housing market deteriorated in spite, or perhaps because, of these previous development efforts. But, a tight focus on downtown proper reveals a healthy and strengthening residential market. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 01, 2013
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Downtown BID Commissioners Elected Downtown Hartford’s Business Improvement District (BID) took another step forward recently when members of the group elected its 18 commissioners. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 22 - 29, 2006
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Downtown BID Responds to Shooting A 21-year-old suspect in a shooting at a downtown pizzeria that left five people injured is being held on $800,000 bail after his arraignment at Superior Court in Hartford. Downtown property owners voiced their concern about the shootings in a letter to Mayor Eddie A. Perez, the city council, and the chief of police. Police said they will force the owner of The Mansion nightclub to hire a police detail during evening hours following the weekend's shooting. The owner of the pizzeria involved has volunteered to close at 7 p.m. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 08, 2009
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Downtown BID Unveils On-Street Services The Hartford Business Improvement District (HBID) has unveiled its recently created on-street services for Downtown Hartford and Asylum Hill. HBID’s Safe and Clean Teams, which will officially hit the streets on May 23, 2007, are expected to create a safer, cleaner and more attractive environment for employees, visitors and residents who frequent the Downtown and Asylum Hill areas. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 23 - 30, 2007
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Downtown Block Party The Connecticut Convention Center opened with vacant land across the street, the site of the Front Street development. Although this space will eventually have apartments and retail outlets, the interim image is rather bleak. But, at last, at Gov. M. Jodi Rell's urging, someone had an idea. When there's a convention in town, have a street fair on Front Street, the street that runs from Columbus Boulevard to Prospect Street across from the convention center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 20, 2007
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Downtown Business Owners Approve Improvement District Extension Taxable property owners in downtown Hartford overwhelmingly approved a referendum recently that extends the Hartford Business Improvement District for five more years. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 20, 2009
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Downtown Discount Downtown Hartford’s rock bottom commercial real estate market is wreaking havoc on some property values as high vacancy rates, a down economy and the cost of doing business are taking their toll. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 07, 2011
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Downtown District Up For Vote Three years after the initial approval of the city's downtown Business Improvement District, members recently voted on whether to keep it. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2009
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Downtown Grocery Store Gathering Becomes A Block Party An estimated 200 downtown residents recently packed Zula Restaurant and Bar to hear from the owners of the new downtown grocery store that's expected to open on Asylum Street. But what started out as a meeting to hear from Ryan and Kelleanne Jones, the owners of The Market at Hartford 21, turned into the equivalent of a block party — the first of its kind for residents of downtown apartments and condos. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2011
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Downtown Grocery Store Offers Boost For Hartford There is much to be learned about urban planning of late, as Hartford’s downtown residents are all atwitter at the announcement that some sort of grocery store is coming to serve their upscale needs. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 24, 2011
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Downtown Grocery Store Opens The grocery carts were all lined up. The shelves were stocked. The workers were trained. And now The Market at Hartford 21 is open for business. After a grand opening ceremony at noon today, at the storefront space at 230 Asylum St., the downtown grocery store is ringing up sales. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2011
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Downtown Hartford Economic and Urban Design Action Strategy (The Greenberg Report) The Action Strategy is a set of actions to be implemented in downtown Hartford. It is a MetroHartford Millennium Project led by the Hartford Downtown Council in partnership with the City of Hartford and the Connecticut Capitol Region Growth Council. The focus of the Action Strategy is one of action -- short, medium and long term. (The Greenberg Report) PDF document -- 125 pages -- 35 mb, or view chapters; Published by Urban Strategies, Inc. ; Publication Date: December 1998
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Downtown Hartford Finally Gets a Movie Theater, and Front Street Starts to Take Shape Hartford’s downtown hasn’t had a movie theater in something like three decades, but that’s finally about to change. The Spotlight Theatre that will open Nov. 16, 2012 will also be the very first operational tenant for the vacant Front Street section of the billion-dollar-plus Adriaen’s Landing redevelopment project. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 07, 2012
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Downtown Hartford Getting Upscale Grocery Store An upscale grocery store is poised to open this spring in the Hartford 21 apartment tower, ending years of disappointments with an amenity seen as crucial to attracting more people to downtown. Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced recently that Simsbury restaurateurs Ryan and Kelleanne Jones are working out final details to open The Market at Hartford 21 on Asylum Street in the early spring. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 11, 2011
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Downtown Hartford Housing Projects Win State Funding Plans to convert two major downtown Hartford buildings into apartments — the former Bank of America tower on Main Street and the old hotel on Constitution Plaza — got a big boost recently, winning state approval for funding intended to promote affordable housing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 02, 2012
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Downtown Hartford Landlord Adding Apartments In Two Buildings More one-bedroom apartments — one of the most sought-after residences in downtown Hartford — are coming to the city's central business district. PMC Property Group already has approval to add nine units to the former American Airlines building at 915 Main St., city officials said. In addition, PMC gained approval from the city to add six units in the first floor of 55 Trumbull St., the former SNET building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2011
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Downtown Hartford Office Buildings Nearly One-Third Empty Nearly one-third of all the office space in the city's central business district — 2.4 million square feet — is empty. And it could get worse this year, experts say. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 18, 2011
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Downtown Hartford Retail Real Estate Study This report provides information about the current state of the downtown Hartford retail market. This report is the first of what will be bi-annual reports that will help guide discussion and decisions regarding retail needs and opportunities. The Hartford Economic Development Division staff collected the information from City assessment records, property owners, tenants, real estate brokers and general observation. (PDF document, 10 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: July 2009
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Downtown Hartford Storefront Program Now Accepting Applications The city of Hartford is now accepting proposals for a downtown project that aims to transform vacant downtown storefronts into retail or pop-up stores, a broadcast studio or an artist exhibition. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 22, 2013
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Downtown Hartford's Front Street In Line For Its First Tenant — A Movie Theater For months, the Front Street retail and entertainment district at Adriaen's Landing in downtown Hartford has sat empty since construction was completed in the spring. Now, the 60,000 square foot complex is getting its first tenant: a movie theater that also serves patrons meals. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 09, 2010
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Downtown Hartford's iQuilt Plan A dramatic vision for making downtown Hartford more walkable — including extending Bushnell Park to Main Street and creating gardens and restaurants in the space — was shown in detail recently. The project, known as iQuilt, has been in the works for four years and its rough form has been public since 2009. Details such as a redesigned Gold Street and Travelers Plaza, with an ice skating rink outside the iconic office tower, would be part of a "continuous walkway" connecting the Connecticut River with the state Capitol. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2011
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Downtown Hartford's New Vision Faces Old Challenges The project to connect Hartford’s downtown cultural venues, known as iQuilt, is a nifty flash of new urbanism that builds on a lot of smart ideas about connecting parks, museums, vistas and corporate byways in a pedestrian-friendly way. The challenge in Hartford, however, is layers deep — not just the challenge of physical problems but that Hartford has had so many grand plans in the past. What's needed is not bricks and mortar at all, some critics say, but rather activity in the streets, social connections people-to-people and institution-to-institution. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2011
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Downtown Hartford’s Big H From above, the section of Downtown Hartford centered around Pratt, Trumbull and Main Streets looks like the letter H. We call it “The Big H.” If the "Big H" were a city in itself, it would be quite remarkable. Hotels, educational facilities, residences, retail goods and services, office space and a diversity of restaurants fill these few blocks in the heart of downtown. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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Downtown Hartford’s Hollander Building Gets First Commercial Tenant The building at the corner of High and Asylum streets, across from Bushnell Park and owned by Common Ground and known as The Hollander, is getting its first tenant since renovation — a law firm — and another tenant is expected in the near future. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 09, 2012
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Downtown Hartford’s Travelers Tower Getting $30 Million Exterior Makeover The landmark Travelers Tower in downtown Hartford — once the tallest building between New York and Boston — is getting its first major exterior renovation since construction on the tower was completed more than 90 years ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2012
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Downtown Housing for Modest Incomes The City of Hartford and Common Ground have settled on a housing development plan for the building at 410 Asylum Street. The compromise ends a debate that began in September 2003, when the property's previous owners donated the building to Common Ground. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 1, 2005
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Downtown Living Units Find Takers Downtown Hartford’s newest residential building appears to have tapped an underserved sliver of the urban housing market. The Hollander Foundation Center, 410 Asylum St., opposite Bushnell Park, has signed takers for its 56 apartments priced at below market monthly rents of $600 to $900 for residents whose incomes qualify, leasing officials say. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 26, 2010
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Downtown Market To Have Own Flavor The opening of the upscale grocery store, The Market at Hartford 21, tentatively set for March 16, 2011 has been anticipated ever since the Hartford 21 tower opened five years ago. It's considered a key amenity to build a strong residential population downtown, crucial for long-sought vibrancy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 21, 2011
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Downtown No Freeze Shelter Concerns Residents, Business Owners The city plans to open a men's "no freeze" shelter for the homeless in an annex of Center Church in the heart of downtown, but the idea has raised concerns of nearby residents and business owners. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2009
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Downtown On The Go Last fall, property owners voted to organize themselves into a business improvement district that will supplement public safety, cleanliness, landscaping and other basic city services. Beginning May 23, 2007, a nine-member security unit equipped with police radios, along with a cleaning crew of six manning a power washer, a pickup truck and a litter vacuum, are set to begin working seven days a week. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 23, 2007
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Downtown Property Owners Putting Emphasis On Safety And Cleanliness Some downtown Hartford property owners who are considering paying more for enhanced safety and sanitation services want the city to do a better job of sweeping streets, emptying litter bins and patrolling with police as part of the deal. Discussions among property owners and civic organizations on establishing what is called a "special services district" for the downtown business area gained momentum last spring and are continuing. Advocates of the district are hoping to have one in place by July 1, 2006, officials said. The goal is simple: Property owners would tax themselves and pay more money for more enhanced services. Many cities use such districts to improve services in downtown areas. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2006
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Downtown Substation OK'd; North End Station Still Closed In a Sept. 12 letter to the city council, Mayor Pedro Segarra outlined his plans for a police substation at the corner of Asylum and Main streets downtown. The substation, which would be housed in a former newspaper kiosk, would help address "a recent increase" in violence in the area, Segarra said. The council approved the request the same day. Now some city residents are questioning why city officials moved so swiftly to station police downtown when the department's substation in the city's North End, which has much more crime than downtown, has been closed for months Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2011
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Downtown Upswing: Housing Construction Offers Hope For A Vibrant Neighborhood Hartford Courant writer Mike Swift reviews ideas of local and regional planners on the benefits and possibilities of remaking downtown into a residential as well as a business community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2004
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Downtown's Missing Link This Courant editorial comments on the effort to designate downtown Hartford as a business improvement district, also known as a special services district. Next month, a proposal developed by the Metro-Hartford Alliance to create the district goes before the city council for authorization. In addition to the downtown area, the district's boundaries would include parts of Asylum Hill and Farmington Avenue to the city line on Prospect Avenue. Property owners would be voluntarily paying an additional tax each year to pay for improved safety, cleanliness, marketing, landscaping, holiday lighting, parking, special events and other services that supplement what city government provides. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 21, 2006
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Dunkin' Wants A Pizza The Action The Dunkin' Donuts on Asylum Street in Hartford is one of 10 in the nation, mostly on the East Coast, chosen to test whether customers would have a taste for pizza, hot dogs and hot sandwiches where they are used to buying only coffee, doughnuts and muffins. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2006
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Dutch Treat Rembrandt's People, a small yet choice selection of portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn, loaned by public and private collections in North America, is on view at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art through Jan. 24, 2010. The seven original works plus four others on display in "Rembrandt's People" illuminate the enduring appeal of the Dutch Old Master. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 14, 2009
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E-Mail Correspondence Indicates Troubles For Hartford Hilton Four years ago, the celebrated $33 million makeover of the downtown Hilton Hartford breathed new life into a building in such disrepair that Hilton no longer wanted its name on the hotel. Now, the stalwart downtown business is in trouble again. This summer, the owners of the 392-room hotel were negotiating with their lenders and the union representing hotel workers, and were seeking city tax breaks and help from the city in applying for a federal loan. The talks were an apparent effort to keep the hotel operating during a recession that has taken a deep toll on the hospitality industry nationwide. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 17, 2009
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Early Success In this editorial, the Hartford Business Journal expresses the opinion that the management and board of trustees of the Connecticut Science Center have reasons to be optimistic about their mission to generate excitement and interest about science and technology among the state’s school children. Attendance has exceeded expectations since the science center opened in June, attracting more than 206,000 visitors. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 18, 2010
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East Hartford Hotel Developers Eye Lucrative Niche Market The number of guests staying at Hartford-area hotels slid sharply in the first four months of 2009 compared with last year, as the recession takes a toll on business and leisure travel. But the developer of a 121-room, limited service hotel under construction at Founders Plaza in East Hartford still likes what he sees: a five-minute walk to downtown Hartford on a pedestrian bridge and plenty of nearby parking for guests. The hotel would also be a cheaper alternative to most downtown hotels. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 09, 2009
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Easy Living At Precious Prices Despite signs that the local real estate market in general is cooling, experts in housing and economics say there are plenty of people l looking for luxury condos, from suburban active adult communities to sky-rise buildings in downtown Hartford. More than 5,000 condominium units are planned for the region, including units already under construction, approved by local zoning boards or in the midst of the approval process. The condos, many of which resemble detached single-family homes, range in price from about $250,000 to $1 million. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 27, 2005
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Economic Development: Topping Off Past Initiatives and Setting New Goals When you mention “economic development” and “Hartford” together, most people tend to think of big ticket items like the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford 21 and the new Downtown Marriott Hotel. But – as would be expected in a city as diverse as Hartford – economic development initiatives in the capital city over the past 10 years have been far more diverse, ranging from new car dealerships and shopping centers to small restaurants and convenience stores. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
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Economic Driver The Connecticut Convention Center, which was expected to be a loss leader, ran a state-subsidized deficit of roughly $3 million during its first two years of operation. Officials point to the center’s impact on the city as offsetting the subsidy. When it opened in 2005, the attendance projections were for up to 200,000 per year while annual attendance has consistently topped 250,000. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 02, 2008
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Eminent Domain Is The Right Move On Blighted Capitol West In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that another of those chronic headaches that afflict Hartford is closer to being cured with the city council's decision to take a landmark eyesore by eminent domain. Bravo, council members. The long-vacant Capitol West building, with an ugly gash in its side, is a billboard for Hartford's troubles. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 01, 2011
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Emperor Dethroned It appears that, like Don King before him, Emperor at the Linden owner Sean Eddy can't make the restaurant and lounge space work. Offering high-end food, valet parking and other amenities, the multi-leveled lounge and restaurant was an ambitious entry into downtown nightlife. For the last month, the Emperor has been closed, not because of over-extended ambition, but because of too much noise and not enough money. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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Empty Spaces May Have Saved MetLife As do many real estate decisions in the city of Hartford, the question of whether MetLife would stay downtown may simply have come down to the issue of parking. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 29, 2007
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Empty Storefronts Not So Empty Here's one way to fill empty retail storefronts -- ditch the retail and go for some art. The Hartford Business Improvement District has taken 12 empty storefronts and given them new life. Nine Hartford Artists were selected to install works ranging from full-scale three dimensional pieces to interactive artwork to graphic art. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 30, 2009
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End City, State Feud In this op ed, Thomas Ritter, former House Speaker, expresses the opinion that state and the city officials should cooperate in resolving issues in Hartford – from preventing violent crime to mediating labor disputes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 6, 2006
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End of the First Act The scene at the former Breakthrough Magnet School was festive as neighborhood residents picked up refurbished computers that the city is selling for $150 as part of the rollout of its newly launched wireless network. Mayor Eddie Perez made the wireless project a highlight of his agenda. The city is spending a million dollars to put up wireless antennas on lampposts around Blue Hills and downtown and to subsidize the sale of 900 refurbished computers. Perez wants to eventually extend the system citywide, paying for it with revenue from wireless access fees and an estimated additional $3.4 million in city funds. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 9, 2006
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End To No-Bid Parking Lot Deal In the wake of a controversial no-bid parking contract given by Mayor Eddie A. Perez to a political powerbroker in Hartford's North End, the city council recently sent to committee two proposals from the mayor that would put an end to the deal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2007
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Engineer Pays It Forward With Bet On Hartford AI Engineers Inc. of Middletown today markets itself as a company that does a variety of work in the engineering and construction management business, including inspecting and designing bridges, highways, transportation projects and buildings. Abul A. Islam, the founder and CEO of the company, has come a long way from the young man who grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, in a working class family, the son of government telephone company workers. He is betting on Hartford in developing an apartment tower at Constitution Plaza, named The Residences At River View. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 05, 2012
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EnvisionFest is Coming Sept. 29! EnvisionFest, a new day-long festival in Downtown Hartford will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 30, 2012
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EnvisionFest Pushes Hartford’s Walkability The iQuilt partnership will host 25,000 people on Sept. 29 in Hartford for a free festival with multiple events and performances in order to showcase the walkability of the city's downtown. EnvisionFest Hartford is designed to send festival-goers around the city's various arts and cultural attractions, helping fulfill iQuilt's goal of turning the city's downtown into a year-round destination for visitors. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 27, 2012
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ESPN Contributing $5 Million For Hartford's Front Street Development, But Will Not Open A Venue There Ten years ago, excitement abounded for Adriaen's Landing's potential to revitalize downtown Hartford, and sports media giant ESPN got in on the ground floor, committing to the entertainment and restaurant district then called "Meeting House Square." now, ESPN has announced what many had already expected: it won't be opening a venue at Front Street, as the entertainment district is now known. But the Bristol-based company said recently it will not walk away from its commitment. ESPN said it will contribute $5 million to the project to help attract tenants to Front Street, potentially providing subsidies for interior improvements, and making it possible for the developer to offer below-market rental rates. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 15, 2010
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Even in Tough Economy, Firm Positioning for Growth Spurt The Great Recession has taken a toll on architectural and engineering firms, but that hasn’t stopped Fletcher Thompson Architects from positioning itself for better times ahead. From humble beginnings as a two-person industrial engineering office in Bridgeport, to a 100-employee architecture and interior design firm with six offices along the East Coast, Fletcher Thompson Architects is celebrating 100 years in business. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 28, 2011
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Exit, Stage Right Michael Wilson, the outgoing artistic director of Hartford Stage, is about to make Manhattan his permanent home after 13 years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2011
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Eye-Opening Designs on the Atheneum A group of architecture students from the University of Hartford has explored the idea of expanding the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art by using the nearby Hartford Times building. The design problem was part of the university's new graduate program in architecture. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 21, 2005
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Failed Plan Leaves Asylum Hill Site At Crossroads Visitors to Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood get an eyeful when they get off I-84 at Exit 48. After they turn right at the light they see mounds of soil and upended tree roots, the mark the ill-fated land-clearing for a disputed magnet school. Although plans to use the site for a magnet school appear dead, there's now the problem of what to do with the torn-up property, a 2.4-acre triangle of city-owned land that, until recently, had been dressed up with some shrubs and pines. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 6, 2007
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Faith in Lights on Thin Ice The City’s Director of Communications sent a flurry of emails regarding the Festival of Light. Short attention spans combined with a scheduling disaster and misinformation resulted in outrage from visitors who wanted more for the price of free. Now, the Hartford Festival of Light expands with the addition of an ice rink at Bushnell Park. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: December 09, 2010
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Fall Convention Business To Be Great Hartford’s convention business was predicted to recover strongly in the fall of 2011, according to the head of the Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau. Repeat business from national organizations and increased attendance at annual events should bring more visitors and fill more hotel room nights than in the past few years where the economic recession took a toll on the industry. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 12, 2011
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Fans Call City Warm, Albeit Cold Hartford did its best to extend a warm welcome to basketball fans attending the Big East women's tournament. But Mother Nature kind of cooled it down for some. For as the city waited with open arms and amenities including guides, shuttles and reams of information on how to get out and have fun, unusually cold weather kept many visitors, especially newcomers from warmer parts of the country, inside. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 5, 2006
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Federal Cash Will Help Downtown Hartford The news that Hartford was notified recently that it has won a $10 million TIGER IV (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation amounts to glad tidings for three reasons. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 29, 2012
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Fee Keeps Event From City The 2006 amateur bass fishing tournament in downtown Hartford left an estimated $2.6 million in the region when the weigh-ins were done. But it was a much smaller figure — the $75,000 "site fee" incentive requested by the tournament's organizers — that made Hot Springs, Ark., not Hartford, the tournament's home for 2008. This big one got away, local officials say, because there was no agreement on how the fee would be paid, or by whom. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2008
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Festival Of Light Changing Name To Winterfest' The Festival of Light is getting bigger, and getting a new name. The festival, a tradition on Constitution Plaza since 1963, moved to Bushnell Park last year and added a new feature — an outdoor skating rink. The rink was hailed as a success; the light show drew mixed reviews. Recently, organizers announced that the event will be called "Winterfest," and the popular ice rink will be larger, stay open longer and continue to have free admission. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 16, 2011
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Festival Of Light Starts Friday At Bushnell Park In a new twist on an old tradition, the Festival of Light open recently at Constitution Plaza, but migrated across town to Bushnell Park, where visitors can see the giant Christmas tree and sip free hot chocolate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2010
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Festival of Lights 2010-2011 to be a Breath of Cold, Fresh Air Hartford stepped away from the tradition of lighting desolate Constitution Plaza. In 2010, they decorated Bushnell Park, used by families and residents. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: October 29, 2010
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Festival Of Trees: An Entrenched Holiday Tradition Thousands of people who trekked to Hartford’s Main Street to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art for the 39th Festival of Trees and Traditions, considered one of the city's oldest and most cherished holiday events. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 03, 2012
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Fill In the Blanks at Union Place Hartford's leaders ought to make Union Place the premier entertainment district in the state. It is already there, already drawing throngs of (mostly) young people. In addition, several steps are underway to improve the area. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 4, 2005
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Filling In The Fabric Of Downtown Hartford In a small but significant step in the revival of downtown Hartford, the commercial space in The Linden, the stylish Victorian residence on Main Street and Linden Place, is filling up. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2013
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Filling In The Future As the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art prepared for its annual meeting, it once again found itself in transition. Willard Holmes resigned as director in April, and the search for a new director, the fifth in 10 years, is expected to continue into 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 11, 2007
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Filling Vacant Space and Stomachs Recently, the Hartford Business Journal reported that two Brazilian restaurants would be opening in downtown — one by the owners of Churrascaria Braza and the other by the owner, Elaine Lima, of Brazil Grill & Pizza. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: October 09, 2011
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Finally, Butt Ugly Building Coming Down The H.B. Davis building, a once-handsome commercial structure made "Butt Ugly" by isolation and neglect, is finally coming down. Asbestos removal begins this week in preparation for demolition, scheduled to begin in about three weeks, city officials say. The decaying building, visible from I-84, has come to symbolize dysfunction in the city. Removing it sends the message that Hartford is getting its act together. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 05, 2010
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Finding The Right Mix To Fulfill Hartford’s Housing Demand The right components to drive successful economic development in Hartford include those that get people living and working in downtown. The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) is currently working with the goal of 3000 units of housing in its district and was granted $60 million by the state legislature to use as assistance. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 09, 2013
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Firm Takes State's Offer The first company to take advantage of Connecticut's two new business incentive programs said recently that it plans to open a new office in Hartford, creating an estimated 150 full-time jobs in the area. GlobeOp Financial Services expects to be the first company to take advantage of the state's new Job Creation Tax Credit and Displaced Worker Tax Credit programs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 26, 2006
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First Apartment Tenants Expected At Main Street Tower In A Year The first apartment dwellers could be moved into the bank turned residential tower on Main Street by February 2014. Bruce Becker, of Becker + Becker Associates Inc. in Fairfield said the $78 million conversion of the former Bank of America tower wouldn’t be completed by then. But tenants, he said, can move in while work is moving forward elsewhere in the 26-story tower. The Hartford City Council approved a proposal that allows Mayor Pedro Segarra to enter into a 15-year tax fixing agreement with Becker for the tower and an adjacent garage at 45 Asylum St. The agreement mandates that the developer make street-level retail space at a reduced rental rate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2013
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First Night Hartford: Fireworks, Festivities And Fog Attracted by activities throughout the downtown and relatively mild temperatures, thousands of people showed up for the city's 23rd annual First Night Hartford festivities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 31, 2011
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First Night Should Be a Winner Because of the calendar (December 31 is a Saturday night!) and the city's emphasis on Bushnell Park, the 2011 First Night Celebration on New Year's Eve should be the best ever. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: December 01, 2011
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First Night Will be Great! Over the decades, First Night (New Year's Eve) has been a fixture in the lives of thousands of residents, volunteers, downtown businesses and out of town visitors. Years ago, it was conceived following examples in other cities, Boston for one. But it has now "morphed" into an event with a special local flavor. The key to success in Hartford is homegrown talent and imagination, using our assets and stretching scarce resources to our advantage. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 29, 2012
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First, Fix City's Small Problems The planners and dreamers want us to think big about Hartford and its suburbs. They see parks with biking and running trails extending like fingers into the surrounding towns, retail centers along vibrant streets entering the city and - unbelievably - a re-routing of I-84. One of the men behind these ideas, the visionary planner Ken Greenberg, was back in town the other day to talk about "Hartford 2010." It's an initiative designed to spark creative thinking and private investment led by the Metro Hartford Alliance and the city. But, the reality is a laundry list of little things that compel residents to leave Hartford - or convince suburbanites to chose West Hartford center for a night out. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2006
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Five Bid To Manage/Remake XL Center, Rentschler Field Five companies have submitted letters of interest to take over management of the XL Center and Rentschler Field, setting the stage for an intense fight among local, regional and national players over control of two key Greater Hartford assets. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 12, 2012
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Five Bids - What About the Ice? Headlines and news stories abound about the coming potential management change at the XL Center and Rentschler Field, the stories say that the two sports and entertainment facilities should be used more. Inviting the public in to skate would be a step in the right direction. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 15, 2012
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Five Names Put To A Vote To Rename Downtown Hartford's Star Shuttle Five final suggestions for renaming the Star Shuttle downtown bus line were chosen from public submissions, and people now have until Friday to vote for the new name. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 06, 2012
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Fixing to Kick Things Up a Notch Roger Morgan, the Connecticut Convention Center's new executive chef, plans to provide its guests with memorable, tasty food and beverages, unlike that which is provided at most other convention centers. Having had experience feeding up to 2,500 people in Atlantic City, Morgan is eager and optimistic to begin work at the center, which can seat up to 4,000 people for a meal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2005
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Flatiron Flourish The Motto Building, located at 1 Congress Street in Hartford, has experienced a rich history since it was built in 1891. Now it houses the non-profit Gathering Place, and a biotech incubator company. The City of Hartford and the Noble, Young, and O'Connor law firm are trying to spruce up the building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 3, 2005
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Flower and Garden Show A Welcome Distraction From Winter While standing in line for a ticket to the 30th annual Flower and Garden Show at the Connecticut Convention Center, just the sight of the red, pink and yellow potted tulips lining the entrance was enough to get the crowd chattering excitedly. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2011
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Focus On Retaining State's Newest Doctors In this opinion piece, the author suggests that proposals to renovate and expand the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington raised the idea of moving the UConn schools of medicine and dentistry into Hartford. Relocation of the medical school to the city might encourage students to move to Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 22, 2011
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Focus on the Future The Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration, an interactive science museum, would be a place of wonder and exploration for "our grandchildren," museum officials stressed. State and local officials got together recently to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 22, 2005
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Focus Shift At ESPN Puts Plans In Doubt The outlook for the long-discussed ESPN presence in the Front Street entertainment project remains cloudy. ESPN at one time said it envisioned a shop retailing sports apparel and memorabilia — but not one of its ESPN Zone restaurants — for Front Street. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 17, 2010
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Food Market For Downtown Hartford Is A Good Sign Residents of downtown Hartford would like to buy groceries, without driving to the suburbs. Help is on the way. Al's Market, a market and deli, is now under construction at 421 Asylum St. Also, residents of The Hollander, the new apartment building at 410 Asylum, are receiving fresh, locally grown produce each week as part of a community-supported agriculture program. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2010
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For Better Or Worse Gary and Cindy Wood have been married for 33 years, and they’ve been in business together for nearly just as long. Their niche: hot dog cuisine with as many toppings imaginable. Outside the Old State House, where Cindy tends to a lunchtime crowd from a cart with steamed hot dogs, customers and passersby alike stop to chat with her. The same friendly camaraderie happens at their restaurant Woody’s, located inside the former American Airlines office building. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 11, 2009
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For City Landlords, 2008 Could Be Downtown’s Doomsday Lest the enthusiasm over the city’s strong 2006 office market reaches too high a pitch, brokers say there’s at least potential for 2008 to be a year the city wishes had never been. Several major office leases expire in 2008. Failure to renew those leases this year could mean trouble for prominent office buildings like CityPlace and 280 Trumbull Street. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 26, 2007
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For Hartford This Courant editorial reviews a variety of issues which need to be addressed to keep the momentum going in Hartford’s revitalization. These issues include public safety, schools, the downtown business improvement district, the arts, and regional initiatives. It's critical that development be an ongoing process. Downtown feels busier and more connected these days, but more needs to be done to rejuvenate Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 31, 2006
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For Hartford Skate Park, The Art Of Compromise As Hartford officials plan improvements to the skate park atop Route I-84, they would be wise to seek a compromise between nearby business owners and those who use it. At issue is graffiti. It's "urban art" to some, especially the young people who skate at the area and call it "Heaven," although it's technically named for New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland, a Hartford Sister City. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 08, 2013
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For Hartford's Commercial Landlords, A Long Awaited Tax Break In 2012 For years, Kelly D'Aprile has struggled with rising property taxes on his commercial properties in Hartford's South End, including a building at 288 Franklin Ave. which houses is liquor store and space leased to a bank. For D'Aprile and thousands of commercial property owners across Hartford, a break is on the way in 2012, when dollar values assigned to each property as of Oct. 1, 2011 replace values from 2006 for the city's tax calculations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 04, 2011
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For Locksmith, Compensation Is The Key Salvatore Scalia's business, City Key Safe & Lock Service, is being forced out of the storefront it has occupied since 2001 to make way for the city's new public safety complex. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 11, 2007
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For Small Biz, Pratt Building Is Urban Incubator Tucked almost dead center in the biggest business district in Central Connecticut, is a building that’s all about small. Situated between bars and restaurants, shaded by office towers more than twice its size, an eight-story building at 57 Pratt Street pumps the blood that fuels the heart of a city. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 23, 2007
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For Some, City Condos Beckon The old Hartford Electric Light Co. is now called The Metropolitan Condominiums. The condos were among the first to go on sale downtown in years. Three are already sold, and 10 or so are waiting for closings to be scheduled. Construction on the building's top-floor units - rooftop additions to the pre-existing structure - could be complete within a few months. Their owners are on the first wave of what Hartford boosters hope will be a flood of folks flocking downtown. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 5, 2006
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For Some, Lights Festival At Bushnell Park A Bust After weeks of anticipation for the revamped Festival of Light, some visitors walked away from Bushnell Park Friday feeling disappointed and duped. The festival, a city tradition that has long been held at Constitution Plaza, expanded this year to include Bushnell Park, and guests expected to be dazzled. Instead, they saw a display with fewer lights and restricted access to Santa. The disappointment has led to a Facebook campaign to move the event back to the plaza. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 30, 2010
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For Two Museums, The Byzantine Era Continues The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum Of Art has struggled for years to reconcile its jumbled floor plan. It does not labor alone. The Art Institute of Chicago, like the Wadsworth, also has a disparate, disjointed conglomerate of buildings and no vision to rectify this confusion. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 10, 2008
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Forced Diet With diners fewer and thriftier, some local restaurateurs are beating out their national competitors with more varied menus and more deals on meals. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 08, 2010
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Foreclosed Building On Constitution Plaza In Hartford Up For Sale A five-story office building on Hartford's Constitution Plaza that recently got new owners as a result of a foreclosure is up for sale. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 23, 2012
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Former Broadcast House Site Proposed For UConn Relocation The owner of the former Broadcast House on Hartford’s Constitution Plaza has offered the site for the relocation of the University of Connecticut’s West Hartford campus to the city’s downtown. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 15, 2013
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Former Broker Sees Brighter Future For City When Bobsie Ness was a commercial real estate broker, she played a role in selling or leasing space in every major building in downtown Hartford, some two and three times over, during the 1980s and 1990s. Before Ness left the office leasing business in 2004, she saw leasing recover, and now, she says there are other signs that Hartford is on course for a true revitalization. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 1, 2006
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Former G. Fox Building Slips into Foreclosure Another downtown Hartford landmark office building has fallen into foreclosure. The renovated office tower at 960 Main St., which was formerly home to the G. Fox & Co. department store, was hit with a foreclosure filing last week. The building's owners have failed to pay off a $25 million mortgage that matured in September 2011. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 04, 2012
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Former Tapas Space In Downtown Hartford Goes To The Dogs: Hot Dogs Where Asylum and Ann Uccello streets meet in downtown Hartford could soon become the intersection of hot dog and hamburger. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 22, 2012
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Founts Of Information What better way to start a new year than to reopen two of the area's most popular libraries? The Hartford Public Library is celebrating its $42 million expansion and renovation with five days of ceremonies and events. The Noah Webster Library in West Hartford, which has undergone a $9 million expansion and makeover also had events scheduled. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 03, 2008
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Four Hundred Ten Asylum Is A Go In this editorial, the Courant praises the nonprofit organization, Common Ground, for restoring the historic Capitol Building at 410 Asylum St. in Hartford. The building will contain 70 units of affordable and market-rate housing with retail and commercial space on the ground floor. It will also be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified "green" multifamily building in the state, and will even have a green roof. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2008
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Four-Ten Asylum Street In Hartford — Affordable Housing That's Green A decade ago, history saved 410 Asylum Street from the wrecking ball. Now, low rents for downtown workers and an environmentally friendly design will put it back on the map. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 03, 2008
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Fourteen Tenants Moving In At Colt Complex Hartford's Colt factory complex is getting its first upscale apartment dwellers, the latest development in the city providing a way for people to live in and around downtown. Fourteen tenants, many of them former residents of artists' housing at the old Colt, have signed leases and are now moving into the south armory, the first of three former factory buildings in the complex to be renovated for rental housing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2006
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Frank Russo Returns To Help Guide Hoped-For XL Center Renaissance Global Spectrum doesn't manage a single venue in Connecticut, but as the Philadelphia firm takes over downtown Hartford's XL Center, one of its senior executives knows that arena far better than most. Frank E. Russo Jr. managed the XL Center — formerly the Hartford Civic Center — through tough times: the 1978 roof collapse and two years of rebuilding. It's also thought of as before and after the collapse. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 22, 2013
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Free Hartford Jazz Festival In Bushnell Park This Weekend Red-hot jazz musicians jamming away on a flat-bed truck rolling through downtown Hartford recently herald the opening of the 19th annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz (GHFJ), a free, outdoor event that's expected to draw more than 50,000 people to the city's scenic Bushnell Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2010
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Free Skating Begins In Hartford With the snip of a ribbon, dozens of skaters scrambled onto the new Bushnell Park ice rink recently, marking the start of free skating that is set to run through Jan. 6, 2011. Mayor Pedro Segarra, who came up with the idea for the rink, said he envisioned it as something for youngsters to do after school or on weekends. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2010
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Freimuth Leads CRDA's Redevelopment Efforts As the newly minted Connecticut Region Development Authority finally gets its bearings, 2013 is expected to be a year of action. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 07, 2013
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Fremont Group Buying Metro Center A major investor in East Hartford real estate is poised to become the new owner of a signature Class A office building in the Capital City, sources say. West Hartford realty firm The Fremont Group has won the bidding to acquire the 12-story, 293,639-square-foot Metro Center office building on Church Street in downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 25, 2013
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Front Street ‘This Close' With a deadline looming and a pointed push from the governor to get a deal done, talks continued between the state, the city and the prospective developer for the long-delayed Front Street project, officials said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 9, 2006
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Front Street Adds Tenant: Ted's Montana Grill The city's new restaurant and entertainment cluster, Front Street, added a new name Monday: Ted. Ted Turner and his Montana Grill, that is. HB Nitkin Group, the firm busy filling Front Street with restaurants, confirmed that Ted's Montana Grill will take up about 4,700 square feet of the development, a name held close by developers after news of a casual mid-priced restaurant broke in late June. Restaurant executives said the location should open by April 2014. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2013
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Front Street Back In Play The authority in charge of the state's investment in Hartford took a key step recently, voting to move forward with an agreement for a developer to build a long-delayed retail, residential and entertainment conduit between the convention center and downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 11, 2006
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Front Street Closes In On Tax Break The developer of Front Street - the city's crucial retail, residential and entertainment district that would link Adriaen's Landing to the rest of downtown - came before a committee of the city council recently to seek approval for a 15-year, $12 million tax break. Some council members expressed reservations about the plan's name, its provisions to employ city residents and certain general design issues. But, the council will probably approve the plan soon. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 5, 2007
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Front Street Developer Helen Nitkin The development of downtown Hartford's Front Street has been about as tortured as a mixed-used project can get: a decade of delays, three developers, and a drastic downsizing of the original vision. But behind the scenes, another kind of drama was unfolding: Bradley Nitkin, the Greenwich real estate developer who took on Front Street in 2005, was diagnosed with cancer a year into the project. When he died in 2009, his wife, Helen Nitkin, who helped co-found their company in 1985, The HB Nitkin Group, took over at the helm of both the company and Front Street, in the teeth of a devastating recession. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 07, 2012
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Front Street Developers Change Leasing Brokers The developer of Hartford’s Front Street entertainment district has made a call to the bullpen, swapping out the brokerage firm tasked with filling the vacant property, which finished construction less than a year ago. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 16, 2011
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Front Street Favorite Emerges The group of city and state officials in charge of Front Street's future has said that the team led by The HB Nitkin Group of Greenwich and Realty Resources of Rockport, Maine probably has what it takes to complete the project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 21, 2005
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Front Street Leasing Slow As Completion Date Nears Downtown Hartford’s long awaited Front Street District is nearing completion and its developers hope to see businesses up and running in the facility as early as late fall. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 17, 2010
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Front Street Not on Pace With City Revival Plan A key piece of the city's planned revival - a 6-acre retail, residential and entertainment conduit between the convention center and downtown - is lagging behind as the state and a developer have spent the past seven months trying to hash out an agreement. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 15, 2005
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Front Street Plan Advances With the signing of an agreement between the state and a developer for the Front Street retail and residential district in downtown Hartford, the attention now turns to discussions about funding between the developer and the city, officials said. In the agreement, the state's Capital city Economic Development Authority and developer HB Nitkin Group took the next step in a deal that could bring 200 residential units and 100,000 square feet of retail to Adriaen's Landing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2006
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Front Street Project Has Special Import To Nitkin With Hartford's Front Street Entertainment District finally gaining traction, and most importantly tenants, the opportunity for developer HB Nitkin Group to finally cash in on its investment is getting closer. But Helen Nitkin, who along with her late husband Bradley started the firm more than 25 years ago, said the company plans to be involved with the project over the long haul. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 05, 2012
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Front Street Project Will Go On Despite Developer Nitkin's Death Bradley Nitkin fought gastric cancer for almost three years, about as long as he was working on the downtown revitalization project called Front Street. Now, Nitkin, 62, is gone. He died on March 29, 2009. But the still-nascent Front Street project will continue unaffected, his company and state officials say. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2009
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Front Street Rolling Ahead When it rains it pours, and it looks like the long drought is finally ending for the Front Street Development at Adriaen’s Landing in Downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: June 27, 2013
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Front Street Squeeze Is Applied Three months after the state approved an agreement allowing the developer of the long-delayed Front Street residential, retail and entertainment project in Hartford to go forward in two phases, the city has told the developer that he'll have to do it all at once to get the money he wants. Bradley Nitkin, of the Greenwich-based HB Nitkin Group, is counting on roughly $16 million in cash and tax abatements from the city. That's in addition to the $33 million the state has committed to the project - the development of a vacant parcel to serve as a link between the new Connecticut Convention Center and adjacent hotel to the rest of downtown. But if Nitkin wants all of the city's money, he'll have to commit to the entire project, the city told him in a recent letter. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2006
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Front Street Stirring Front Street, the much-revised and oft-delayed building project that will link Adriaen's Landing to the rest of downtown Hartford, now looks like a go. For a variety of reasons, primarily fiscal, the project has been scaled back to a first phase with 65,000 square feet of commercial space and, it's hoped, a second phase for residential construction. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 21, 2008
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Front Street Takes A Housing Cut Front Street remains in limbo, with the state and its developer saying they have opted to hold off on building housing and go forward with just retail and entertainment space. That's assuming it goes forward at all, with a critical piece of financing — $7 million in federal money — still up in the air. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2008
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Front Street Theater, Planning To Open In Winter, Letting Public Vote On Seat Styles The operators of Spotlight Theatres Inc. gave the public the chance to sit in eight different styles of seats that could be used in the four screen, 700-seat venue on Front Street in downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2011
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Front Street Vision Shifts Efforts to revive the stalled development of the Adriaen's Landing site, Front Street, continue. The Capital City Economic Development Authority (CCEDA) fired the original developer from the project because he had failed to begin building. Now they are looking for a new developer with new ideas about how the space should be used. The state is bringing about $70 million to the table, almost half of the total development cost. Hartford might also put somewhere between a $30 and $40 million package on the table, one that includes tax breaks, if necessary. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 14, 2005
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Front Street's New Hope After years of planning, numerous prospective builders, several extended deadlines and seemingly endless negotiations, the state and a developer announced recently that they have an agreement to bring revelers and residents to Front Street by 2008. And they say shovels will be in the ground by Halloween. The state's deal with Greenwich developer Bradley Nitkin would mean that apartments, restaurants and entertainment venues would begin to bridge the gap between the year-old convention center and the rest of the city at the heart of its downtown revitalization effort. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 6, 2006
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Front Street's Tight Bind After eight years of planning for developing Front Street, after tens of millions of dollars have been dangled before a string of developers, this great hope for vibrancy is still just a surface parking lot. The city, the state and the latest master builder were still haggling over details as yet another midnight deadline approached. The project is mired in a seemingly impossible quandary. The 6-acre parcel, which links the state's oversized convention center with the rest of the city, badly needs something that it simply cannot sustain: small and mid-size stores that sell nice merchandise. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 10, 2006
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Front Street: All Dressed Up And - The last piece of the state's effort to remake downtown Hartford is almost complete. Front Street is the last big part of downtown Hartford's construction project called Adriaen's Landing. It follows several other completed projects. Still, behind the big plate glass windows are 65,000 square feet of unfinished restaurant and entertainment space -- unpainted, unfloored, and unoccupied. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 19, 2010
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Front Street: Progress, or Just Frontin’? A recent peek inside the space destined for use as a cinema showed slow progress. The floor is still gravel. Sheetrock has been installed, yet the space appears far from life as an entertainment venue. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: February 27, 2012
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Fuel Cell Installed At Connecticut Science Center In Hartford A hydrogen fuel cell was recently installed at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. The 200-kilowatt fuel cell, built by UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. business based in South Windsor, will generate 100 percent of the electricity the science center uses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 02, 2009
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Funding Woes Connecticut's spectacular new $165 million Science Center opened its glass doors to the public for the first time on June 12, 2009. But state funding for the center and other cultural and arts institutions like it may get vaporized. Amid the excitement of launch party, there were growing concerns about where the institution's $8.5 million annual operating budget is going to come from, particularly as the state's planned annual contribution of $1.2 million appears to be in serious jeopardy. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 02, 2009
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G. Fox Building in Downtown Hartford Tumbles Into Foreclosure The venerable G. Fox & Co. building on Main Street in Hartford – a key cog in downtown redevelopment plans in the last decade — has been forced into foreclosure by the same mortgage serving firm that is seeking to foreclose on two other prominent downtown buildings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 04, 2012
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G. Fox Developer Defaults On Mortgage; Building Needs New Lender The developer who renovated a portion of the former G. Fox & Co. building in downtown Hartford has defaulted on the mortgage that financed the work, according to a company that tracks trends in commercial real estate loans. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 21, 2011
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G. Fox: Revisiting A Magical Place And Time The author writes of his memories of the G. Fox department store at Christmas. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2011
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G.O.P. in Hartford this Weekend Over the last few decades, the Republican conventions for candidates state and federal office, moved around the state. Two years ago, after the state party decided to keep delegations at full strength, the state convention came back to Hartford. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 17, 2010
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Garage Attracts Potential Tenants Three potential tenants - a coffee shop, an office supply and furniture store and a loan company - are negotiating with the Hartford Parking Authority to occupy the ground floor of the Morgan Street Garage. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 5, 2005
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Get Motivated! Seminar Draws Crowds, And Some Criticism Laura Bush, Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell and Joe Montana didn't come to the XL Center recently to pitch products or services. They just told stories. But the celebrities — along with cheap ticket prices — helped draw an overflow crowd for "Get Motivated!," a one-day event billed as a business seminar that, unbeknown to many attendees beforehand, doubled as a sales pitch for costly investment seminars and other products, and for Christian evangelism. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 10, 2009
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Get Pep Ideas Off The Mat Stan Simpson asks, Why not name part of the Front Street project for Willie Pep, a colorful character who was reared in the city, who frequented Front Street as a kid and in the 1940s became one of the greatest prize fighters ever. All the elements are in place to expand, enhance and expedite a meaningful memorial for Pep. The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame is looking for a home to showcase the state's rich boxing history. ESPN has long committed to some sort of role at the convention center site. Pep Park would be an attraction to a convention city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 13, 2006
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Getting A Room Gets Easier Occupancy rates for Connecticut hotels dropped 14.5 percent during the first quarter of 2009 and revenue declined by more than 15 percent, showing signs that the industry is taking a beating as a result of the overall economic downturn. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 04, 2009
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Getting Main Street On Track In this opinion piece, Toni Gold writes that the five well-attended public sessions that Hartford's Department of Development Services has been running to gather input for the city's plan of conservation and development have repeatedly evoked several clear, related responses: "We want a more walkable, bikeable, green and transit-friendly city, better design and maintenance of the public realm, and a reduction in the dominance of the automobile." And the undercurrent, "Be bold." Published by