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June 1, 2022

New Britain demolishes three downtown buildings; makes way for new apartments 

Contributed Work crews demolish several buildings in downtown New Britain to make way for a new 114-unit apartment development.

New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart and several city economic leaders attended a Wednesday afternoon ceremony celebrating the demolition of three downtown buildings -- including the former home of Amato's Toy and Hobby -- that will make way for a new mixed-use apartment development that will feature 114 residential units.

The city began demolition of the Dakille, Amato’s and Liberty Tax buildings, which were decaying and sat at the corner of Main Street and Columbus Boulevard, city officials said.

Prominent New Britain developer Avner Krohn, of Jasko Development, is leading the apartment development project that will include studio and two-bedroom apartments. It will also contain about 6,000 square feet of first-floor retail and restaurant space. Amenities will include an outdoor terrace, dog washing area, gym, and bike storage. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2023.

Developer Avner Krohn in New Britain.

The new apartment building will complement “The Brit,” which is currently being developed by Krohn on an adjacent site along Main and Bank streets.

Mayor Stewart said as "the city continues to experience a metamorphosis, we remain committed to supporting responsible development projects like this that further the revitalization of New Britain into once again a thriving economic hub.”

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