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West Hartford Housing Authority Hopes To Develop Former Pontiac Dealership Site

Rendering of 616 New Park. Courtesy of the West Hartford Housing Authority and Trout Brook Realty Advisors

Trout Brook Realty Advisors, the development arm of the West Hartford Housing Authority, will hold an open house regarding the proposal on June 17.

Rendering of 616 New Park. Courtesy of the West Hartford Housing Authority and Trout Brook Realty Advisors

Rendering of 616 New Park. Courtesy of the West Hartford Housing Authority and Trout Brook Realty Advisors

By Ronni Newton

Trout Brook Realty Advisors and the West Hartford Housing Authority hope to expand transit-oriented development in West Hartford through the construction of a mixed-use project on the site of a former Pontiac dealership.

The development would be built on the currently-vacant land at 616 New Park Ave., just north of CTFastrak’s Elmwood Station, and according to spokesperson Chuck Coursey said the project “will really be geared toward millenials.”

The proposed development would take advantage of the proximity to the CTFastrak station, and contain retail space on the ground floor topped by three floors of housing. The residential space would include a mix of market-rate and workforce housing “targeting young, working professionals in their 20s and 30s,” according to a news release from Trout Brook Realty Advisors.

Current view of 616 New Park Ave. Courtesy of the West Hartford Housing Authority and Trout Brook Realty Advisors

Current view of 616 New Park Ave. Courtesy of the West Hartford Housing Authority and Trout Brook Realty Advisors

The open house will be held at the Faxon Library, 1073 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 17, 2015. It will be held in the meeting room on the lower level.

Architects, engineers, environmental consultants, and others involved with the proposed project will be available to respond to questions from the public.

West Hartford Housing Authority CEO said that the organization’s mission is “to increase the stock of affordable housing,” and is hopeful that this development will spark additional investment as well as provide new customers for existing businesses in the Elmwood neighborhood.

The West Hartford Housing Authority and Trout Brook Realty Advisors held a ribbon-cutting on June 9 for The Goodwin, a mixed-income apartment building on Newington Road.

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