Changing the Conversation


With all of the negative stories that seem to cloud the outlooks of most Connecticut residents, we felt it was time to start viewing things from a different perspective.

As we pick up local newspapers, check our newsfeeds, or listen to talk radio, we find several topics that are continually discussed.

  • Hartford budgetary issues
  • Connecticut budgetary issues
  • Dunkin Donuts Park
  • Population loss

With that said, let’s change this negative conversation and focus on some very real and wonderful things happening in our capital city.

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Through the vision of our clients and the assistance of CRDA and state/federal historic tax credits, several buildings that had been under-utilized or abandoned for years are now forming the base of Hartford’s resurgence. We have had the great privilege to design the adaptive reuses of several of these prominent downtown properties.

Spectra Boutique               101% leased                    Completed 2015

777 Main Street                 101.5% leased                   Completed 2015

179 Allyn Street                100% leased                       Completed 2016

36 Lewis Street                 100% leased                       Completed 2016

Capitol Lofts*                    67% leased                         Completed 2016

Capewell Lofts*                70% leased                         Completed 2016

*These locations began leasing in December 2016. Leasing data either came from property management of the site or from recent articles in either the Hartford Courant or the Hartford Business Journal.

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These projects have brought and continue to bring people into the downtown area. One of the most positive effects of these new housing additions that we’ve seen is that their tenant populations are extremely diverse – residents range from graduate students, to young professionals, to empty nesters. This move into Hartford’s downtown continues to serve as a catalyst for future growth within the city.

Financing for these projects is complicated, but forms of assistance like the state and federal historic tax credit programs, and the “but for” money provided by the CRDA make these projects possible.

We love these projects for many reasons, but mainly because they are directly in line with our purpose, “to inspire people, transform communities, and preserve our cultural past.”

It’s time to be inspired. It’s time to change the conversation from ‘what’s wrong with our city and state’ to a conversation that ‘highlights the great strides being made to transform our communities and preserve our cities and towns.’

 

 

 

 

Chris Duprey, MS
Director of Operations &
Business Development

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