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Today: iConnect Storefront Revitalization Program Hosts Block Party in Downtown Hartford

(November 8, 2013) The Marketing, Events and Cultural Affairs (MECA) Division will host another “iConnect Here” event today Friday from 5pm-9pm. This month’s events will be at 231 Trumbull St (to the left of the XL Center Marquee) with Hartford Denim Co and various other vendors, 64 Pratt St (the old LuxBond and Green space) with a knitting circle and pop up shopping, and 42 ½ Pratt St the new home to Hartford Prints!

The iConnect project aims to re-purpose empty, street-level commercial spaces to create temporary retail and incubation spaces inspired by the creative industry. iConnect’s mixed-use storefront spaces features studios, retail stores, workshops, exhibits, interactive displays and forums for ongoing community conversations around the arts and other local issues.

The iConnect program is partially funded through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts for the purpose of converting empty storefronts into mixed use spaces. The City’s Marketing Events and Cultural Affairs Department, who administers the project, received over 40 applications from which a total of 5 businesses were selected. Selected businesses receive up to $2,000 for build-out and set up assistance and free rent in a Downtown storefront for 6 months.

WHAT: iConnect Here, Block Party
WHEN: Friday, November 8, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
WHERE: 231 Trumbull St , 64 Pratt St, 42 1/2 Pratt Street and Trumbull St
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For Immediate Release: November 8, 2013
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
p. (860) 757-9016
c. (860) 986-1439
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City of Hartford Welcomes Two New Businesses

(November 8, 2013) This Saturday, November 9, Launch Trampoline Park will open its doors at 10:00am on Brainard Road. The 25,000 square foot facility will have 150 trampolines, an area for special events, a café, and an observation mezzanine for parents to watch their children-at-play. This is the second trampoline park for Former New England Patriot Ty Law who is a majority owner, and his partner Rob Arnold. 

“I honestly couldn’t believe the level of care we received. I have never had a project welcomed to a city this way,” said Rob Arnold. “I really appreciated the quick approval and great communication.”

In addition, Downtown’s DISH restaurant will expand its business this month by launching a sister location across the street. Sorella will be casual Italian focusing on handmade pasta and Neapolitan wood fired pizza. The soft launch is on Monday, November 11. Gary Wolfradt, of Dish Restaurant Group said, “We’re extremely excited to roll out our newest concept in Downtown and look forward to opening our roof top patio at Dish in the spring.”

Recently the City streamlined its permitting process and significantly expedited the turnaround time for review and approvals for completed applications. In addition, several new developments are slated for Downtown’s Front Street including two new restaurants opening by early 2014, as well as new housing.

“I congratulate these businesses for their investment in Hartford,” said Mayor Segarra. “I look forward to seeing their success for years to come.”


For Immediate Release: November 8, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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Mayor Segarra, Department of Public Works Introduce New Storm Preparedness Policies and Procedures

(November 7, 2013) Today, Mayor Segarra and Director of Public Works Keith Chapman introduced new policies and procedures to better prepare the City of Hartford for severe weather and snow storms. Changes include a complete reorganization of City snow routes, a new GPS tracking system for trucks and plows and staff training for Department of Public Works (DPW) employees.

The number of plow routes was decreased from twenty seven to twenty four, broken up into six separate districts. Each district now is assigned 4 plow trucks and 4 trained drivers, as well a supervisor, to assure adequate coverage throughout the City. All DPW drivers participated in two full day Saturday trainings where they practiced hands on driving and were tested on knowledge of their route and overall capabilities. A map of the new routes can be seen here:

A new GPS tracking system has been implemented for all trucks to allow improved monitoring of streets that have been plowed. Moving forward, all major arteries or “A” routes will be salted 24-48 hours in advance of a storm and every side street salted up to 4 hours prior to the commencement of a storm. Parking Bans will be strictly enforced by both DPW and the Hartford Police Department.

“We’ve learned from the major storms over the last two years,” stated Mayor Segarra. “We need to be better prepared for the severe weather we know is imminent. Over 65,000 people come here to work every day and we have two of the largest hospitals in the region. I want our residents and anyone who commutes to the Capital City to know that all our streets will be open for emergencies at all times.”

Keith Chapman added “One of the first tasks the Mayor requested was to examine our storm preparedness procedures in order to make critical improvements. These adjustments will provide a solid foundation and allow us to continue making improvements along the way.”

Mayor Segarra has requested a full Emergency Operations run through in the next two weeks to test the new procedures and Emergency Services equipment. 


For Immediate Release: November 7, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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ICYMI: Rebuilding Together Hartford, LSNI Team Up on Saturday, November 9, 2013

(November 4, 2013) – Rebuilding Together Hartford is set to rehabilitate the exteriors of four homes throughout Hartford during the organizations second RTH/LSNI Collaboration Work Day to be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013. 

Rebuilding Together Hartford (RTH) is thrilled to collaborate with the City of Hartford’s Livable Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative (LSNI) to bring volunteers together to rehabilitate and improve the exterior homes and yards of low-income elderly homeowners at no charge.

“We are honored to partner with LSNI to help improve the homes and lives of low-income, elderly homeowners in the City of Hartford. Our vision is a safe and healthy home for every person. This collaboration helps to fulfill our vision.” said Jodie Liddy, RTH’s executive director. “In one day, four deserving and thankful homeowners in Hartford will have their homes and lives changed forever, simply because the City of Hartford and generous individual volunteers are committed to making a lasting difference.”

The primary goal of this collaboration is to help low-income elderly homeowners make needed repairs and improvements to ensure their properties do not become blighted.

Volunteers for this event include members of First Church of Glastonbury, Eagle Rivet Roof Services, Peter L. Brown Company, Boy Scout Troop 2 from Hartford and Boy Scout Troop 68 from Farmington.


Rebuilding Together Hartford is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income Hartford homeowners. Our vision is a safe and healthy home for every person. For more information, visit

Livable Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative was established by Mayor Pedro E. Segarra to improve the City’s quality of life by “ensuring resources are used efficiently, the carrying capacity of infrastructure is not exceeded, diversity is treasured, citizens are engaged and involved and the local economy is vibrant.” For more information, visit

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