August 24, 2017

The Billings' remade 113 units debut

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
The Billings Forge Apartments in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood officially reopens.

The Billings Forge Apartments in Hartford's Frog Hollow neighborhood is officially reopening Thursday, following a $9 million facelift, the landlord says.

The 113-unit, mixed-income community at 539 Broad St. is currently 95 percent occupied with 209 residents, said Boston landlord Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc. (POAH).

Rents range from $540 to $1,175. Some units qualify for federal Housing and Urban Development Section 8 and low-income housing tax credit income restrictions.

Most Billings residents were not displaced during construction, POAH spokeswoman Maria Plati said via email.

"Only residents who resided in the 10 handicap units were temporarily displaced and temporarily moved to other vacant units on site while there unit was completely remodeled,'' Plati said. "After their unit was completed they moved back to their unit."

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, Connecticut Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein, Connecticut Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Karl Kilduff and other local, state and federal dignitaries were due to attend a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting.

Improvements to the building that dates to 1864, when it opened as a tool factory, include new windows, kitchens and baths, elevator, upgraded life safety systems, and common-area enhancements.

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