(February 10, 2015) The City has reached a final agreement with DoNo Hartford, LLC, the developer of a new neighborhood north of the I-84 intersection known as Downtown North, and Connecticut Double Play, LLC, the owner of the Rock Cats Double AA Minor League baseball team. The new mixed-use neighborhood will include a supermarket of up to 50,000 square feet, a brewery, new housing, retail, restaurants, and the Double AA minor league ballpark. Terms of the agreement include 30 percent revenue sharing for all non-baseball events at the ballpark, a project labor agreement, a guarantee of a Double AA Minor League team for the term of the lease, and hiring preference for Hartford residents and minority/women owned businesses for all direct and indirect contract work.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place February 17, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. More details will be available as the date approaches.
“A new Downtown North mixed-use neighborhood is even closer now to becoming a reality,” said Mayor Segarra. “The pedestrian-friendly development will grow the downtown area with new entertainment venues, restaurants, residential spaces and businesses. This means more jobs and opportunities for our Capital City. I look forward to seeing vibrancy in an area that has been blighted for too long and to seeing the vitality and economic growth it will bring to the City of Hartford.”
“We appreciate everyone’s hard work in getting this done," said Rock Cats Owner Josh Solomon. “The redevelopment of Downtown North and a new minor league baseball stadium in Hartford will soon be a reality. We look forward to providing affordable, family entertainment during baseball season and year round activities for the entire Hartford community and the region.”
A report by the University of Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis (CCEA), found that the projected benefits of developing Downtown North includes over 1,800 jobs during construction and sustained employment in excess of over 1,000 jobs at full development.
“On behalf of DoNo Hartford LLC, which includes my partners Jason Rudnick, Yves Joseph, and Howard Kaufman, I would like to thank the City of Hartford for its support and diligence in the origination, negotiation, and execution of our development proposal. We are thrilled to commence with the construction of the ballpark, and look forward to the successful realization of a transformative neighborhood,” stated Bob Landino, President and CEO of Centerplan Companies.
(February 5, 2014) Today, Hartford Public School officials met with parents and families to inform them that students will remain at their temporary locations at Wish Elementary, Journalism and Media Academy and Simpson-Waverly Elementary for the remainder of the 2014-2015 academic year due to recent discovery of polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs at John C. Clark, Jr., Elementary & Middle School. Mayor Pedro E. Segarra issued the following statement in response:
“From quickly closing the school and relocating students, to retaining a firm to investigate the source of the contaminants, Superintendent Schiavino-Narvaez has made proactive and speedy decisions that have ensured the safety and continued education of Clark School students. As the children complete the school year at their ‘new’ schools, we are working to make sure they are fully integrated in their new environment. Our student’s health and educational well-being is the only priority. I want to thank the young students and their families for their patience and cooperation as we work towards a long-term solution. “
(February 3, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that a database of vehicles towed during the snow storm Sunday, February 1, 2015 into Monday, February 2, 2015 has been added to the city’s open data portal to help residents locate their vehicles. The database lists the vehicles that were towed, the company that towed the vehicles, contact information for the tow companies and the address of the lots where the vehicles were placed. The database will be removed 48 hours after the Parking Ban is lifted.
“The goal here is to help residents whose vehicles were towed in an efficient manner and, at the same time, reduce the volume of calls to our dispatchers from folks who are looking for their cars,” Mayor Segarra said.
Vehicle tow information is available here: https://data.hartford.gov/Public-Safety/Towed-Vehicles-From-02012015/3acs-ahvq#column-menu
(January 22, 2015) During an award presentation at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra today accepted a $50,000 grant from the Miracle-Gro Garden and Green Spaces Program. The funds will be used to advance The Hartford Grown Project, a collaboration between KNOX, the City and Hartford Blooms to create a 38,000 square foot beginner farm on Laurel Street for Hartford's community gardeners. The farm will be called the Hartford Grown Headquarters. Additionally, the funding will launch a clean up and beautification project in the spring and construct raised floral beds along the 30 block on Franklin Avenue which will be featured on the 2015 Hartford Blooms Tour scheduled for June.
The goal of The Hartford Grown Project is to increase diverse representation in the urban agriculture movement, and provide means to financial empowerment for Hartford residents. The farm will also provide teaching space for KNOX to grow its educational programming, Urban Roots, educating residents about local horticulture, sustainability and agriculture. These funds will match a $50,000 investment in the Hartford Grown Headquarters made by Aetna last week.
“This grant will further our on-going efforts to create a livable, walkable capital city with as many green areas as possible, said Mayor Segarra. “I also look forward to seeing more produce from Hartford residents at our local farmers markets. I applaud the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Miracle-Gro for championing locally grown and environmental movements and for continuing to invest in the sustainability of urban areas.”
"KNOX is honored to see so many come together for this dream project. We thank Mayor Segarra for finding the support to make this project a reality,” said Camielle Griffiths, Board President, KNOX "This investment shows that there is national recognition for Hartford's leadership in green community building. Sometimes, it's more about creativity and follow-through than a huge sum of money. This is a project that does more than feed the community, it empowers Hartford residents, especially immigrants, to take their knowledge of gardening and farming and earn for themselves. I look forward to buying the first tomatillo."