Construction On Front Street Apartments Expected In Early Fall

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At today’s meeting of the Real Estate Financing Association of Connecticut, a panel of developers and officials focused on the outlook for housing in downtown Hartford in the coming months.

Some highlights:

  • HB Nitkin Group, the developer of Front Street, expects to begin construction on the project’s second phase — 115 market-rate apartments — in early fall, according to Peter Christian, Nitkin’s director of development.
An early sketch of  how the Front Street apartment building could appear. Developer HB Nitkin Group is still developing renderings. Rendering Credit: HB Nitkin Group

An early sketch of how the Front Street apartment building could appear. Developer HB Nitkin Group is still developing renderings. Rendering Credit: HB Nitkin Group

The timetable for the $35 million project has been pushed back slightly from the early summer groundbreaking projected by state officials last month. Financing is roughly divided between private equity, a bank loan and funds from the Capital Region Development Authority.

The project includes 35,000 square feet of street-level retail, Christian said.

In the first phase of Front Street — the entertainment district — Capital Grille has started construction in its space and Infinity Music Hall & Bistro has obtained construction permits from the city.

  • The city of Hartford is in the middle of a front-to-back review of its zoning regulations, including those affecting housing development in the downtown area, according to Thomas Deller, the city’s director of development.

Some changes have already been made that encourages the growth of housing downtown, a key priority for city. Regulations now allow housing without a special permit, eliminating one layer of approval. Also, owners of existing buildings don’t have to have parking plans approved by the city.

“We want to get out of the way,” Deller said.

  • Plans for converting the building at 111 Pearl St. into housing are still evolving, but developer Martin Kenny hopes to add a penthouse level. The conversion, paired with one next door at 101 Pearl, now envisions 81 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail space, including the space once occupied by Sean Patrick’s bar, Kenny said.




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6 thoughts on “Construction On Front Street Apartments Expected In Early Fall

  1. Callmecynical

    Constitution Plaza, the XL Center Mall and Adrian’s Landing are all at 100% vacancy in their retail space and they think this will work?

    1. mc

      Yeah, and some developer wants to build a large scale shopping center in East Hartford. If that goes forward, Hartford can forget about any quality shops setting up downtown for years. Can’t compete with the power of an easy and safe on/off exit at the crossroads to New England

  2. Dave

    By putting apartments above the retail, the project provides its own consumers for the retail.

    It’s called mixed use and it works.

  3. kevin

    while i think the projects proposed are exciting, there may be too much retail proposed. however, if the need for downtown is as true as stated, it may get filled throughout the years to come. downtown has to have 10,000 people living in the core to support retail as most people see it (bars, coffee shops, general merchandise, etc.). what would be exciting is to see the city and state court a net new employer for downtown. a big employer. think technology and healthcare maybe. need new blood with a younger, smarter and well heeled workforce down there.

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