New Britain is one of two Connecticut cities that will receive customized technical help to turn underutilized downtown buildings into residential housing above commercial space, reports the New Britain Herald.  “The future of downtown depends on whether people are willing to move back to the inner city and live here,” says Gerry Amodio, New Britain Downtown District Director, who applied for the award. “This state initiative is a bold step.” 
CMSC President and CEO John Simone said Friday that New Britain and Meriden had been chosen to participate in the second year of Come Home to Downtown, an innovative economic initiative that aims to bring the state’s commercial districts back to life socially and economically. Simone said the downtown revitalization organization chose New Britain and Meriden because both are focusing on transit-related issues.