Meriden and New Britain have been chosen to participate in the second year of the innovative Come Home to Downtown  program, CMSC announced today. The two new communities are set to receive customized technical assistance to help turn under-utilized downtown buildings into housing above commercial space. 

CMSC chose Meriden and New Britain because both towns are already focusing on transit-related issues. “With the state’s $1.5 billion investment in transit, ensuring that the areas around the bus and rail stations provide an interesting mix of housing, retail and other uses is a critical component of how we grow our towns. Many of the buildings surrounding transit stations are exactly like the ones we chose for this program – older, under-utilized and full of potential,” said CMSC President & CEO John Simone.

The Come Home to Downtown pilot program was created in partnership with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA). The program aims to redevelop small, under-utilized downtown properties by providing technical assistance and education. During the first year of the Come Home to Downtown program, CMSC worked with pilot communities in Middletown, Torrington and Waterbury to frame the challenges to mixed-use development.

CHFA contracted with CMSC for a second year of the program, during which CMSC will continue to work with the property owners in the first three pilot communities as well as downtown stakeholders in Meriden and New Britain.

Read the full press release here.