Bristle & Main (Fuller Brush)

The Fuller Brush facility at 3580 Main Street in Hartford, CT was the biggest factory in the world when it was built in 1922 and a major landmark in the city’s north end. Alfred Fuller’s Brush Company is world renowned for its household products that are still produced today.

After the Sarah Lee Corporation purchased the company and operations moved out to Great Bend, Kansas, the building was occupied by the CT Department of Social Services, American Jobs Center, and various businesses. Now, the former foundry will become a mix of apartments and amenities with financial support from CRDA in the form of two loans totalling $8.5 million; $5.5 million funded by the state, and $3 million by the city of Hartford. Other funding sources include $1.6 million in Federal Historic Tax Credits and an additional $1 million grant from Hartford.

The Shelbourne Group’s $42.6 million project will be the first redevelopment in Hartford’s north end in 25 years and is a major component in the city’s 2020 15-year development plan. In this first phase of the complex overhaul, three buildings on the 12-acre property will be converted into 119 studio, 11 studio/den units, nine one-bedroom units, nine two-bedroom units, and seven two-bedroom/den configurations along with complex amenities such as gardens and green areas, new pedestrian pathway, play area, barbeque, fire pit, fitness center, game room, lounge, retail and a food court.

All except five of the 155 new apartments will be market-rate with rents ranging from $1,050 to $1,400 a month depending on the unit type.

Property Features Include:

Large window views to offices
Open pedestrian walkway
Exposed brick walls
Outdoor relaxation areas with hammocks