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HARTFORD, CONN (July 27, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that demolition work will begin this afternoon to take down the privately-owned, vacant building at 769-777 Park Street, which had a partial collapse on the upper floors yesterday.  Park Street between Babcock Street and Putnam Street will be closed at least through the weekend. The city will pay for the demolition out of an emergency demolition fund and bill the property owner.


“Since the partial collapse yesterday a number of city departments have been working to secure the area, make sure residents are safe, and begin the demolition process,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Demolition work will begin today and last at least throughout the weekend. We hope residents will be able to return to their homes on Monday, but that timeline will depend on the progress of the demolition.  I want to thank the residents in the area for their patience and understanding.  Our priority is keeping people safe while we take this building down.”


According to city records, the building is almost 100 years old.  After a fire in 2014, the city deemed it unsafe to live in, but it was not deemed structurally compromised. 


After the partial collapse yesterday, the city evacuated families from seven buildings in the area as a precautionary measure.  They are now being housed temporarily at a hotel in the area and city staff is working with them to ensure their immediate needs are met.


After demolition work is complete, the property will be fenced and the city will have an environmental assessment done in case there are any hazards that need to be remediated.





HARTFORD, CONN (27 de julio del 2018) - Hoy el Alcalde Luke Bronin anunció que los trabajos de demolición comenzarán esta tarde para derribar el edificio vacante de propiedad privada en 769-777 Park Street, que tuvo un colapso parcial en los pisos superiores ayer. Las calles entre la Park Street, Babcock Street y Putnam Street estarán cerradas al menos durante el fin de semana. La Ciudad pagará por la demolición de un fondo de demolición de emergencia y el propietario será responsable de los gastos.

"Desde el colapso parcial de ayer, varios departamentos de la Ciudad han estado trabajando para asegurar el área, y que los residentes estén seguros para comenzar el proceso de demolición", dijo el Alcalde Bronin. "El trabajo de demolición comenzará hoy y durará al menos durante todo el fin de semana. Esperamos que los residentes puedan regresar a sus hogares el lunes, pero ese plazo dependerá del progreso de la demolición. Quiero agradecer a los residentes de la zona por su paciencia y comprensión. Nuestra prioridad es mantener a las personas a salvo mientras demolemos este edificio".

Según los registros de la ciudad, este edificio tiene casi 100 años. Después de un incendio en el 2014, la Ciudad consideró que no era seguro vivir en él, pero no se consideró estructuralmente comprometido.

Después del colapso parcial de ayer, la Ciudaddesalojóa las familias de siete edificios en el área como medida de precaución. Ahora están alojados temporalmente en un hotel de la zona y el personal de la Ciudad está trabajando con ellos para garantizar que se satisfagan sus necesidades inmediatas.

Después de que se complete el trabajo de demolición, la propiedad estará cercada y la Ciudad realizará una evaluación ambiental en caso de que existan riesgos que deban corregirse.




HARTFORD, CONN (July 18, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin and City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames announced that the City of Hartford is pursuing the development of land surrounding Dunkin’ Donuts Park with RMS Companies of Stamford, Connecticut.  No development deal has been agreed to and there will be substantial discussion with the City Council as well as with the public as the process moves forward.  In November of 2017, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for city-owned properties around Dunkin’ Donuts Park.  In March of 2018, the RFP window closed, and RMS Companies was the sole bidder.  Over the last several months the City reviewed the proposal from RMS Companies. 

“After the RFP process, the city began discussions with RMS Companies about the future of parcels around Dunkin’ Donuts Park,” said Mayor Bronin.  “RMS has a sound reputation, a strong track record, and a serious plan for development, and our discussions thus far have been productive and positive.  We will continue to do our due diligence and work to negotiate a responsible agreement for the development of these key parcels, and we look forward to involving the community directly as the process continues.”

“There is real community and economic development momentum building in our city driven by the private market and I am encouraged by RMS Companies’ plan to develop the Downtown North area and see the vision through,” said Council President Thames.  “I look forward to working with my Council colleagues and the Mayor toward a deal that is a win-win for Hartford.”





HARTFORD, CONN (July 17, 2018) –Yesterday Cities of Service announced Hartford as a winner of its Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block competition.  Love Your Block enables local governments to engage residents in neighborhood revitalization efforts benefiting low-income communities.  Hartford will receive $25,000 to be used for mini-grants and resources to support the efforts of citizen groups and local nonprofits to prevent or eliminate property blight through home repairs, lot transformations, and community clean-ups in the Frog Hollow neighborhood.  In addition, two AmeriCorps VISTA members will be working with the city’s Blight Remediation Team to support Love Your Block projects in Frog Hollow.

This year’s Love Your Block competition was targeted specifically to “legacy cities” — older, industrial cities that have faced substantial population loss.  The winning cities were selected based on potential for impact and clarity of vision for their proposed projects.

“Arecent studyfrom the Urban Institute has shown us that the impact of Love Your Block goes beyond cleaning up neighborhoods and creating more park space,” said Cities of Service Executive Director Myung J. Lee.  “It is also bringing neighbors together and strengthening communities. We are excited to help Hartford revitalize neighborhoods and build trust between city hall and residents as part of these efforts.”

The Urban Institute study found that the connection that Love Your Block forges between city leaders and citizens at the neighborhood level can be an essential catalyst for collective action by neighborhood residents.  This connection between city officials and citizens boosts the social capital exercised by citizens who plan and implement Love Your Block projects and strengthens social cohesion.  Love Your Block volunteers believe their efforts also positively influence public safety and community ownership of public spaces.

“Over the last year and a half, we’ve taken a systematic approach to fighting blight around Hartford, and this grant will help us accelerate that work in the Frog Hollow neighborhood,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “We’re grateful to Cities of Service for their support and for choosing Hartford for the Love Your Block program.”

Since 2009, Cities of Service has helped dozens of cities implement Love Your Block.  More than 10,000 volunteers have been engaged to remove over 480,000 pounds of trash, clean up nearly 600 lots, and create more than 180 art displays, in addition to numerous other community projects.

Using the Cities of Service Love Your Block blueprint, city leaders will engage citizen volunteers and local nonprofits in co-creating solutions to urban blight.  Cities of Service will provide expert technical assistance to winning cities for two years.  Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block is made possible with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The other winning cities are: Buffalo, New York; Gary, Indiana; Hamilton, Ohio; Huntington, West Virginia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Newark, New Jersey; Richmond, Virginia; and South Bend, Indiana.

About Cities of Service

Cities of Service is an independent nonprofit organization that helps mayors and city leaders tap the knowledge, creativity, and service of citizens to solve public problems and create vibrant cities.  We work with cities to build city-led, citizen-powered initiatives that target specific needs, achieve long-term and measurable outcomes, improve the quality of life for residents, and build stronger cities.  Founded in 2009 by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cities of Service supports a coalition of more than 250 cities, representing more than 73 million people across the Americas and Europe.  Visit us atcitiesofservice.orgor follow us on Twitter @citiesofservice.

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