Hartford’s housing authority has selected a Connecticut-based partnership as the preferred developer of the rundown Chester Bowles Park public housing complex in the city’s North End.
Overlook Village Redevelopment Associates LP would redevelop the 59-building, 410-unit complex on 61 acres off Albany Avenue for housing, if final negotiations with the authority are successful.
The partnership includes The Richman Group Development Corp., JHM Financial Group, LLC, Imagineers LLC and Nutmeg Planners LLC.
Bowles Park is part of a larger, 130 acres that includes another public housing complex, Westbrook Village. Last summer, the authority sought redevelopment proposals that would have covered both complexes, but it was disappointed that only five proposals were submitted.
Earlier this year, the authority chose to split the project in half, first concentrating on Bowles Park.
Bowles Park, the authority has said, could be an extension of the Blue Hills residential neighborhood, while Westbrook Village, bordering on Albany Avenue, a main thoroughfare, could be mixed-used with housing and retail.
“We believe this development team brings forth a proven track record of developing complex urban projects, Annette Sanderson, the housing authority’s executive director, said, in a release. “Furthermore, the development team has demonstrated its ability to engage with the overall community during the development process.”
Sanderson could not immediately be reached for further comment Tuesday.
For years, the redevelopment of the two complexes has been a goal of the housing authority.
Both contain brick, two-story apartment buildings, most with four units. The complexes date from the 1950s and were among the few state-financing housing projects in the city. They were originally built for moderate-income tenants.
Only about 250 of the 770 apartments, or 30 percent, are now occupied.