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

Connecticut Temple Progress

2014-10-28 Connecticut Temple

Construction of the Hartford Connecticut Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is making good progress. The actual site is on Farmington Avenue (Route 4) in Farmington, CT across from the entrance to Winding Trails and the Devonwood community. Plans for the temple were announced in 2010, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in August of 2013. Those interested in learning more about the project, or the Church, can follow along online.

Serious Roof

2014-10-21 Serious Roof

The workers look so small up there … that is a serious roof. They also have climbing gear on for safety, which make sense since the bottom of the roof is four stories up. Had the architects wanted to add more living space in the roofline, it looks like they could have fit two more levels. So the peak is probably almost seven levels above the ground. Based on the size of the guy standing