May 24, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:48 pm

Hfd.'s ex-Courant Arts bldg. sells for $380K

The former Hartford Courant Arts Building in Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood has been bought -- with state's assistance -- for $380,000 by the Conference of Churches for its headquarters.

Health insurer Aetna Inc. was the seller, authorities said Thursday.

The 112-year-old ecumenical organization got a $500,000 from the State Bond Commission to facilitate the purchase as well as an adaptive reuse project for the property at 224 Farmington Ave., officials said.

Built early in the 20th century as an auto garage, the property was converted in the '80s into a home for the former Connecticut Opera and Hartford Ballet, with dance studios and rehearsal space

It was vacant until TCC moved there in 2010. TCC said it polans to remain in the building while renovations are underway.

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