Credit: Kevin Bartram, New Britain Herald| Staff Commissioner James Redeker arrives at the Flatbush Avenue CTFastrak station in West Hartford in late March.

Credit: Kevin Bartram, New Britain Herald| Staff Commissioner James Redeker arrives at the Flatbush Avenue CTFastrak station in West Hartford in late March.

Several people and organizations focused on revitalizing downtown districts were recognized Monday night at Connecticut Main Street Center’s2015 Connecticut Main Street Awards Gala at Trinity-on-Main, reported the New Britain Herald. As a venue undergoing its own revitalization from a church to a cultural center, Trinity-on-Main was an ideal venue.

Among the night’s winners was the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, who received CMSC’s Jack Shannahan Prize for Public Service for its Come Home to Downtown program, which creates housing above commercial spaces. The program will result in 16 new apartments in New Britain, Mr. Shannahan said.

CMSC also honored CTfastrak with the “Award for Starting a Revolution: Integration of Land Use and Transit” for accomplishments that include improved transit time in the New Britain-to-Hartford corridor and attracting investors to the areas around local stations.

According to the Herald, Mike Sanders, transit administrator for the department’s Bureau of Public Transportation, was grateful for the award but felt CTfastrak riders deserved the credit for their recognition. “The great stories we hear about how much this service means to people — that’s a reward we get every day,” said Mr. Sanders.

Main Street Awards celebrate efforts to revive downtowns