New Britain is slowly being transformed by the addition of new businesses, the coming busway and public and private investment in commercial development and streetscape improvements, says a recent article in the Hartford Courant.
New Britain is growing, albeit gradually, thanks to several new restaurants and shops. Gerry Amodio, New Britain’s downtown district director, says New Britain should change its nickname from the Hardware City to ‘Small Business City USA’ to reflect all of the new businesses opening in the downtown and throughout the City.
The City is also benefiting from additional investments in commercial development, due in part to commercial developer Avner Krohn. Mr. Krohn also participated in CMSC’s Come Home to Downtown program, receiving customized technical guidance on converting one of his downtown properties into housing above commercial space.
Advocates of the City also believe investment will continue to grow when CTfastrak, the new busway, opens in March, attracting residents, visitors and even more development. Mr. Amodio also credited Mark Moriarty, New Britain’s Director of Public Works, with securing a $3 million grant for that will provide a new Main Street bridge and streetscaping such as improved sidewalks.