Hartford’s housing authority is seeking proposals to redevelop two, rundown housing complexes in the city’s North End.
The city has long targeted the Westbrook Village and Bowles Park apartment developments off Albany Avenue for redevelopment. Planners from the Urban Land Institute said earlier this year the area should be redeveloped for mixed use, including a strong housing component.
Read more about efforts to redevelop Albany Avenue here.
Annette Sanderson, the authority’s executive director, declined today to articulate a vision for the 136 acres now occupied by the apartments, many in two-story, four-unit buildings.
See a map of the complexes.
Sanderson told me she didn’t want to influence the direction of the proposals at this early stage. She did say she expects housing to form a strong component, either rental or owner occupied. It is likely there would be a mix of affordable and market-rate units.
Sanderson said there could be one developer for the entire area or more than one.
The proposals are due July 8. There is no timeline for the beginning of construction because financing will first need to fall into place.
The 50-year-old complexes contain a total of 770 apartments, 250, or about 30 percent occupied. The majority are vacant and have been “decommissioned,” meaning they are no longer rented to tenants.