Category Archives: Parkville

Froghollow Coffee Shop Opens In Former La Paloma Space

by Categorized: Cultural Affairs, Neighborhoods, Parkville Date:

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By Jessica Moore | jessmoore@courant.com

Froghollow Coffee Shop opened Thursday in the same storefront that had been La Paloma Sabanera, a coffeehouse that was a staple in the neighborhood for years.

“[La Paloma] was more like Hartford’s living room, and we still want to have that vibe. The difference here, this is more of a neighborhood-friendly place,” said manager Angela Poteat.

Poteat worked as a barista at La Paloma.

“I’m still here and I’m telling customers to come in. If there’s something here, it’s good for the community,” said Poteat.

Owner Syed Anisi, who also owns Capitol Grocery two doors down, said his original plan was to expand his store in the larger space. The zoning department would not approve a convenience store at the location at 405 Capitol Avenue, he said. Anisi said at that point he had already signed the lease and decided to open a coffee shop.

“We have coffee, pastries, sandwiches, muffins. We use local breads and local pastries,” said Poteat,

Customers filled the restaurant around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, including state employee Ina Katkar. “This is different, they have a deli, so we said ‘let’s go patronage the new place,” said Katkar.

La Paloma closed in June. Former owner, Virgina Iacobucci, launched a petition drive against the building landlord over repairs and tenant selection.

The shop is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and serves Omar Coffee, a coffee company based in Newington. Prices range from $1, $1.25, and $1.50 for small, medium and large coffee respectively. A foot-long sandwich will cost $5 and includes chips and water. For more information, call: 860-560-7726.

 

Quality Of Life Meetings Scheduled

by Categorized: City Activities, Events, Hartford Public Library, Neighborhoods, Parkville, Quality of Life Date:

The city in July announced a new quality of life initiative, urging residents to take action against litter, graffiti, noise and blight.

The initiative centers on community discussions and adherence to “neighborhood standards,” which include ensuring that residents pick up after their pets; mow their lawns and clear snow from sidewalks; and do not park vehicles on lawns; litter or write graffiti; dump trash outside of trash cans; drag race on city streets; or blast music. Residents should also make sure their children attend school.

The city held its first community conversation on Aug. 24, and two more are planned. They are as follows:

* On Sept. 7 (Saturday), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pope Park Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Drive. Lunch will be provided. This meeting concerns the neighborhoods of Frog Hollow, South Green, Sheldon Charter Oak, South End, Barry Square, Parkville, Behind the Rocks, Southwest and South Meadows.

* On Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 46 Woodland St. This meeting concerns the West End, Asylum Hill, Downtown and South Downtown neighborhoods.

A community get-together for all participants in the conversations will be held Oct. 23, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the city’s public library, 500 Main St.

Parkville Residents: Not Another Gas Station

by Categorized: Development, Neighborhoods, Parkville Date:

Many residents and property owners from the city’s Parkville neighborhood turned up at the city council meeting Monday to speak out against a proposal to sell city land for the purpose of creating a Stop & Shop gas station. The half-acre vacant lot is located at the intersection of New Park Avenue and Francis Court. Stephen Nemeth of Newton Street summed up the crowd’s message: “We have a wonderful neighborhood. We do not need another gas station. Please don’t put a gas station there.”

The sentiment is not new. The proposal was raised last spring and ended up being tabled twice by the council because of neighborhood opposition. But Council President Shawn Wooden said Monday that the panel is entertaining the plan again because no other development proposals have come in.

“We thought, at least let’s give it more time for alternative proposals to come forward that the community would embrace,” Wooden said. “But I have yet to see anything.”

Neighborhood residents expressed a desire to see a walk-in medical clinic, a doctor’s office or even elderly housing built on the site.

Forty people signed a petition to stop the gas station’s development. It was submitted to the council Monday.

The petition reads: “There are six gas stations within a mile of this location. We do not need another in such a busy neighborhood. The city should not permit more underground oil storage tanks in this area, where the CT Fastrak hopes to cut reliance on cars. The city of Hartford should find a different development for this parcel.”

You can view the petition here: Gas Station Opposition

A public hearing on the land-sale proposal will be held on Jan. 22, 7 p.m., at city hall (550 Main St).