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Wednesday: City of Hartford Presents Final Development Plan for Downtown North

(December 9, 2013) On Wednesday December 11th, the City of Hartford’s Department of Development Services will present its final plans at a public meeting for the redevelopment of the area north of I-84, east of the Connecticut River often referred to as Downtown North. The area has now been expanded to include parts of Union Station known as Downtown West. The city has held two previous public meetings on this issue; one in July and another in October.

The final presentation will summarize priority development sites with the highest potential for mixed usage. Results build on past efforts as well as new research including a retail market study commissioned by the City and conducted by national urban planning expert, Robert Gibbs of Gibbs Planning Group. Data from a new housing market analysis that considers traffic patterns, pedestrian connectivity and road conditions will also be discussed. Recommendations will consider design standards and zoning to ensure development is beneficial for surrounding residents.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
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WHO: City of Hartford Development Services
WHAT: Public Meeting on Redevelopment of Downtown North
WHEN: Wednesday, December 11, at 6:00pm
WHERE: Hartford Public Library, Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street
* Free parking available after 6:00 pm in the Arch Street parking garage.

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For Immediate Release: December 9, 2013
Contact: Laura McMenamin
p. 860-757-9053
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Mayor Segarra Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

“Today, the world lost one its greatest leaders, one of its greatest champions of humanity and a transformational human being. Mr. Mandela will always be remembered for his unrelenting pursuit of racial equality as well as his passionate belief in humanity. The world was fortunate to have shared his presence. We should honor him by continuing to advance his lifelong work of pursuing justice and equality for everyone. His passing is very sad but also a reminder of how personal determination can bring about seemingly impossible change.”


Mayor Segarra has directed all flags to half-staff in his honor.

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For Immediate Release: December 5, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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Thursday: Mayor Segarra Volunteers Serving Thanksgiving Meals at The Open Hearth

(November 27, 2013) Tomorrow, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will celebrate Thanksgiving by volunteering at The Open Hearth in the City’s Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood, preparing and serving food from 11:30am to 2pm.

Founded in 1884, The Open Hearth provides a transitional shelter for homeless men in the Greater Hartford region. The organization focuses on meeting residents' spiritual, educational, and recreational needs in a recovery- and work-oriented environment.

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WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: Volunteer at The Open Hearth
WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 11:30am-2:00pm
WHERE: Open Hearth, 150 Charter Oak Avenue

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For Immediate Release: November 27, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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Mayor Segarra Announces Selection of Director of Human Resources and Deputy Chief of Staff

(November 26, 2013) Today, Mayor Segarra announced two staffing appointments: Henry Burgos as Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations and Kennard Ray as Deputy Chief of Staff. They begin work with the City on December 2.

Mr. Burgos, a Hartford native, joins the administration after serving as Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Capital Community College. Burgos also served 10 years as the Principal Human Resources Specialist for the State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, overseeing labor relations for the agency’s 4,000 employees. Burgos holds a Masters in Science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated cum laude from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.

“Henry is an extremely qualified professional and public servant,” commented Mayor Segarra. “As we continue to improve our processes and procedures citywide, I look forward to working with Henry and his staff to develop a new approach to human resources management that positions the City to recruit and retain a talented, diverse workforce. Throughout our search, we talked to staff and identified a need to transform and modernize the department. Henry brings the skills and perspective necessary to help us realize that goal. ” 

Mr. Ray, also a Hartford native, joins the Mayor’s Office after serving as the Political and Legislative Director for the Connecticut Working Families Party, where he lead regional organizing efforts in support of public education, voter outreach and minimum wage increase. Mr. Ray will work with the Mayor’s Chief of Staff as a liaison to City Council, community organizations and residents. He will lead project management, policy development, and day-to-day community relations through the Office of Constituent Services.

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For Immediate Release: November 26, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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