CRDA Consultancy – The Arrowhead: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Summary

This is a rendering of a revitalized Arrowhead complex of buildings designed by Crosskey Architects based on the recommendations made in the report.

The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) contracted Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) in early 2018 to conduct a redevelopment assessment of a block of thirteen historic buildings, as well as several vacant lots fronting Main Street, Ann Uccello Street, and High Street in close proximity to Dunkin Donuts stadium in downtown Hartford.  CMSC teamed with developer CIL, Crosskey Architects and engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill to conduct this planning study.  All of the buildings are contributing resources within the Downtown North National Historic District and were built in the period 1882-1902. The buildings generally consist of multi-story, mixed-use structures and each has some level of deferred maintenance. The buildings are individually-owned, which makes a coordinated approach to enhancement efforts more difficult, but still achievable and essential.

The study area is adjacent to Dunkin Donuts Stadium, Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Keney Memorial Clock Tower, Rensselaer at Hartford campus, Hartford’s Public Safety complex, and the Isham-Terry House operated by Connecticut Landmarks.  The study area lies immediately north of I-84 for convenient auto access and is serviced by bus line. Located within walking distance of the Central Business District, Union Station, Bushnell Park and the Riverfront Recapture park system, the area is an attractive location for new housing and business enterprises.

CMSC Recommendations

We presented a report with our findings to CRDA in July 2018. Our recommendations to CRDA and the City of Hartford included a combination of: land and building acquisitions, gut-rehabs of historic properties, façade improvements, infill development on vacant lots, short-term streetscape improvements, parking improvements, and predevelopment studies such as appraisals and environmental reports. It will take a commitment of time and resources, as well as coordination with property owners and stakeholders to bring the study recommendations to fruition.

Read the full report: The Arrowhead: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Interested in learning more about this study or how we can help your town? Contact Patrick McMahon at 860.280.2023 or by email at patrick@ctmainstreet.org