An area of downtown Hartford is undergoing a much-needed transformation thanks to a state grant.
The State of Connecticut is taking the first step in making downtown Hartford more attractive by transforming a run-down area, between North Crossing and the Clay Arsenal neighborhood, into a bustling sport filled with restaurants, mixed-use housing and shops.
Governor Ned Lamont just announced the release of a $6.3 million state grant that will help redevelop the area, just north of downtown near Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
“I’m glad to see Hartford slowly coming together because when COVID happened a lot of things just disappeared,” resident Carlos Rivera said.
With the funds, approximately 61 mixed-income housing units and more than 8,500 square feet of ground floor commercial space are forthcoming.
Rivera said having everything close at hand will make his living situation much easier, as he is blind.
“They’re trying to get more business here, which is a good thing,” Rivera said.
Semilla Cafe and Studio opened in 2018. Co-owner Elijah Hilliman is thrilled to have neighbors and more foot traffic.
“Our community deserves great things, so having more resources, more spaces for entrepreneurs to open businesses, is great,” Hilliman said.
This project is one of 12 different projects chosen across the state that will receive upgrades to make the community more vibrant. Residents say it’s time to prove Hartford really has it all.
“Hartford is a good place, you know. We just have to bring people together and make it better,” Rivera said.
State officials have not said when they will launch the project, but funds for the 12 projects are expected to be distributed over the next five years.