AirBnB to try Modular Construction

Fast Company published an exclusive about AirBnB at the end of November. The home sharing company proposed a new initiative called Backyard, which came from their division focused on the future. It is very ambitious, as it aims to rethink the entire process of designing, building, and updating homes. While the company’s move into the physical world of construction is the main headline, I’m more interested in one of the other details – that the

Remembering the Shopping Mall

Once upon a time, the shopping mall was at the top of the retail food chain. The mall was home to the best stores, and the most excitement. Amy and I grew up in the mall era. Our small town (population ~25,000) had its own little mall that kids hung out in, but it was not comparable to the shopping destinations that are available in Greater Hartford. Both of our families made the hours-long drive

Transit Oriented Development Fail

Next to Flatbush Station

Directly across the street from the Flatbush Avenue Fastrak station is the first new development along the rapid bus transit corridor. The site was assembled by combining three adjacent parcels. It appears that the developer paid over $1 million for the properties in two separate deals in September of 2015. The map below comes from the West Hartford GIS site, with the new development outlined in red and the Fastrak station outlined in green. A

Proposal: Arcadia Crossing in West Hartford

2015-02-20 Arcadia Crossing

John Scobie, of Center Development Corporation, spoke to the Park Road Business Association this morning about his firm’s plans for the Sisters of Saint Joseph property on the southwest corner of Park Road and Prospect Avenue in West Hartford. Center Development hopes to build a 320 unit apartment community that will be called Arcadia Crossing. The existing 185,000 sqft structure would receive a 308,000 sqft addition to connect the southern end of the existing wings,

Transit Oriented Development in West Hartford

2015-01-21 Flatbush Busway Station

Last week, West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka gave the 2015 State of the Town address at a West Hartford Chamber of Commerce event. The speech was an upbeat analysis of the Town’s priorities and current status; a thorough recap can be read here. One recurring theme was West Hartford’s forward looking focus on transit oriented development. Slifka said at one point that neither he, nor anyone else on the Town Council, were big fans of