October 17, 2017

Hartford's $40M Willow Creek apartment development now under way

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Hartford's Willow Creek apartment development breaks ground.

Developers and the city of Hartford broke ground Monday at Willow Creek, a mixed-income residential community that will replace a 1950s-era public housing complex called Chester A. Bowles Park.

Located in the city's Blue Hills neighborhood, the first phase of the project includes 62 mixed-income rentals, approximately 25 single-family units, and a community room for residents. The second phase will add 43 units for low-income, middle-income and market-rate renters. Five of those units will be offered as supportive housing for the homeless.

The two-phase development project is being financed by a mix of private and public funds, including grants from the state Department of Economic and Community Development and the Capital Region Development Authority, as well as with low-income housing tax credits issued by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.

The first phase of this multi-year project will cost $40 million, said Todd D. McClutchy, of JHM Financial Group, a member of Overlook Village Redevelopment Associates, the site developer.

"I'm excited for our residents as they patiently wait for their new homes, and am eager to witness the impact that Willow Creek will have on their lives and in the surrounding neighborhood," said LaToya Graves, president of the Bowles Park Resident Association.

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