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July 26, 2021 / 2021 Power 25 Real Estate

2021 Power 25 Real Estate: Sandy Cloud Jr.

Sandy Cloud Jr., a lawyer by trade who became the first Black barrister to work at law firm Robinson+Cole, has also made his mark as a prominent real estate developer.

His firm The Cloud Co. LLC is currently co-redeveloping Hartford’s old, rundown Westbrook Village housing complex, which has been renamed Village at Park River and will eventually include about 420 new rental housing units and homeownership opportunities and retail/commercial space in the city’s North End.

Sandy Cloud Jr.

The project’s first phase includes 75 apartments.

Cloud has also worked with Philadelphia realty developer Pennrose Properties on several mixed-use residential developments in Meriden and Torrington.

According to his bio, Cloud during his career played a major role in the development of the Upper Albany Shopping Center and Crown Gardens housing development in Hartford. He also led Aetna’s national Neighborhood Development Program in the 1980s, and oversaw investments exceeding $100 million, which transformed several urban neighborhoods across the country.

Cloud is also active in the community. He served two terms in the state Senate, became an Aetna executive and chaired or served on the boards of UConn Health, the Connecticut Health Foundation, Eversource and MetroHartford Alliance.

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