September 6, 2018
Deal Watch Today

N. Britain's CMHA to move into former ACMAT Plaza

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
CMHA will occupy nearly all of the seven-story officer tower at 233-235 Main St. in New Britain by December.

New Britain-based Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) said Wednesday it purchased The Plaza office tower -- formerly ACMAT Plaza -- at 233-235 Main St., and will move over 200 jobs downtown.

CMHA, a nonprofit mental health provider with 11 locations in New Britain, Waterbury and Torrington, paid $3.4 million for the seven-story building with help from a State Bond Commission grant worth $3 million. The organization closed on the property Wednesday.

CMHA, currently located at 270 John Downey Dr., will occupy nearly all of the 75,000-square-foot building by year-end, and will renovate and expand the space by 2019. CMHA said it also plans to lure local businesses into retail space on the first floor.

With the state's Workers Compensation Commission and the Social Security Administration each occupying one floor, the building will be fully occupied for the first time in over a decade.

"This is a watershed moment for CMHA," CEO and President Raymond Gorman said. "We are consolidating programs under one roof, we are making services more accessible to the people we serve, cementing our commitment to the city, and bringing dozens of people every day into the heart of the city."

On a tour of the facility Wednesday, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said CMHA's Main Street presence will revitalize downtown and help local businesses.

Established over 40 years ago, CMHA, Connecticut's first joint commission accredited behavioral health home, serves more than 6,000 clients a year.

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