Asylum Hill Renovation Project Receives $500K Donation

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The former home of the Ashley Cafe, on the corner of Garden and Ashley streets, is undergoing a $1.7 million rehabilitation that just got a major boost: $500,000 from Connecticut Light & Power.

Ken Johnson, executive director of Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (NINA), told me today that the money will be used toward restoring four apartments on the second floor. The project to fix up all three floors of the 1926 building, including the facade, is expected to be completed by early 2014.

“Ashley Street is a gateway to the Asylum Hill neighborhood,” Johnson said. The blond-brick structure had become “a symbol of the decline of the neighborhood as a whole.”

The alliance acquired the property in 2010. Read the whole story here.

The three-story building at 207 Garden Street is expected to be renovated by early 2014. New windows were installed over the past several months. Photo by Vanessa de la Torre.

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