Bowles Park/ Willow Creek
What residents of an ageing public housing project wanted for over three decades was finally about to materialize. However, before Chester A. Bowles Park could become Willow Creek the old 1950’s barracks-style buildings had to be demolished to make way for the brand-new apartments and single-family homes. The Hartford Housing Authority’s new construction development broke ground on October 16, 2017, a little over a year after the Capital Region Development Authority approved a $5 million grant and then oversaw the razing of the old structures and the clearing of the 61.5 acres of land to allow for a new community plan and roadways.
Brackett Knoll Project
Toraal Development is constructing 14 two-family owner-occupied homes on the site of the former Brackett Park School on Westland Street in Hartford. These two-unit homes allow buyers to occupy one unit and rent the other out as a source of income. The construction represents Phase II of a larger project that was initiated in 2006 with the construction of six homes on Westland Street.
CRDA is utilizing Promise Zone funds to help finance the project: $115,000 will be used for the acquisition of the project site from the City, while an additional $515,000 will be used by Toraal for site improvements, including clearing, grading, retaining walls, sidewalks and driveway construction. CRDA will also fund and oversee construction of an $875,000 extension to Naugatuck Street that is required for the project.
Construction of the 14 houses – two duplexes and two two-family homes are currently underway. Interested buyers should visit www.brackettknoll.com for house specs and financing information.
PAL / Police Athletic League
A part of the Promise Zone initiative, CRDA will help renovate the Quirk Middle School in the north end of Hartford for use by the Police Athletic League, the Hartford Police Academy and potentially other organizations in the community. CRDA has set aside $7 million for the project which includes upgrades to the classrooms, gymnasium, pool and auditorium, as well as HVAC and mechanical repairs and improvements related to ADA compliance.