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November 27, 2018

Plans offer glimpse of Hartford's Main-Park St. redevelopment

Photo | Spinnaker/Freeman Cos. A map of the proposed Main-Park St. redevelopment in Hartford.

The developers of a planned 108-unit mixed-use apartment community at the corner of Main and Park streets in Hartford have revealed site plans showing the project will include over 20,400 square feet of retail, restaurant and co-working space.

The design, developed by South Norwalk’s Spinnaker Real Estate Partners LLC and Hartford's Freeman Cos., shows 88,800 square feet of residential space, 13,685 square feet of retail and restaurant space and another 6,775 square feet for co-working areas and a cafe. The site plan also shows 124 parking spaces.

Both developers said they have drawn positive feedback from restaurateurs about the project.

The companies took over the South End redevelopment in August after bidding on it in March.

Spinnaker and Freeman recently unveiled the proposed redevelopment to Hartford’s planning, economic development and housing officials.

Aimed at improving a “crucial junction” of the Capital City, plans show two, four-story buildings housing studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 624 square feet to 1,190 square feet. The first building has 81 units and the second 27.

The development could also house two roof decks over 9,000 square feet and another 13,115 square feet of amenity space that may be used for an art gallery or studio.

Other residential perks include two outdoor courtyards, and a media center, game room, library, fitness center, pet grooming salon and bike storage, among others.

“The site plan is arranged to enhance the walkability of the neighborhood by providing a unique street front and shielding the parking resource from public view,” the development descriptions says. “The project’s unit mix is in line with demand in the Hartford market and heavily weighted towards studio and one-bedroom units.”

According to site plans, the developers are looking to secure site agreements and approvals during the first quarter of 2019 before a groundbreaking in the later portion of the second quarter next year. The redevelopment would be completed by year-end 2019, plans show.

The developers said they will work with the city to secure all approvals and permits. Design plans are expected to evolve over time, officials said.

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