Connecticut’s downtowns have a wealth of potential to redevelop under-utilized buildings into housing above commercial space – if mixed-use development can be encouraged through financing and favorable regulations, a new report from the Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) finds.

The report culminates the first year of Come Home to Downtown, a pilot program CMSC created to facilitate viable, interesting housing opportunities while revitalizing downtown neighborhoods after it was contracted by the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) in 2012 to promote housing in Connecticut’s downtowns.

The report identifies seven key findings from CMSC’s work with three pilot communities – Middletown, Torrington and Waterbury – as well as three property owners and their buildings over the course of the first year of the program.

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