What is Allowed in Downtown North?

By , September 17, 2014 12:50 pm

With another hearing on the Downtown North Redevelopment Plan tonight, residents might want to know how this fits in with One City, One Plan — Hartford’s plan of conservation and development which underwent a long process involving many public meetings of its own. Links to that document have been disappeared from the City of Hartford website in recent days, making that task impossible to those who did not have the foresight to download or obtain personal copies of the document meant to guide City development over the next ten years.

Here is the document for readers to peruse:

Downtown Development OCOP

There was also a document created in 2009 by the Perez administration. In this, the vision for the Trumbull-Main area is spelled out: residential, small offices, small-scale retail, and small service businesses. Continue reading 'What is Allowed in Downtown North?'»

Random Facts from Hartford Open Data: Accidents

Columbus Boulevard/I-84 ramp

If you live near a fire station, chances are you hear sirens so often that you begin to have auditory hallucinations and are sometimes not entirely sure when the sirens are real or imagined. Some neighborhoods seem to experience a higher frequency of structure fires than others, but only a couple of those sirens we hear each day are for actual structure fires.

Other calls they respond to: false alarms, medical assists, gas leaks, lock outs, rescues from stalled elevators, matters requiring police, malfunctioning sprinkler systems, oil and gas spills, and motor vehicle accidents.

For the period of September 1, 2012 through September 1, 2014, there were 12,525 accident cases on file with the Hartford Police Department. A few of these were designated as “other,” but the majority were described in Open Data as involving motor vehicles. Approximately 17% of these involved injuries, though the database does not indicate severity of those injuries. There were twelve fatal accidents, one of which was labeled manslaughter. A glance at the map shows that the fatal accidents in recent years did not occur at locations with the greatest number of accidents in all, though in previous years, that had sometimes been the case. Continue reading 'Random Facts from Hartford Open Data: Accidents'»

Random Facts from Open Data: Animal Problems

By , September 15, 2014 4:54 pm

Animal complaints, 9/1/12-9/1/14

From September 1, 2012 through September 1, 2014 there were 3651 cases of animal complaints. In that same period, there were 168 reports of animal bites in Hartford.  In a place where only 498 dog licenses were issued in 2012-2013 — Chester, Middlefield, and Brooklyn, Connecticut had a similar number issues in that time — the numbers look curious.

What the data tells us: people, across all neighborhoods and demographics, complain non-stop about animals. Continue reading 'Random Facts from Open Data: Animal Problems'»

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Heaven, Two Months In

By , September 12, 2014 4:53 pm

If anyone worried this park would get no use, those concerns can be put to rest. Morning, noon, or night, any day of the week, Heaven is getting use. Continue reading 'Heaven, Two Months In'»

Special Public Hearing on Stadium Scheduled

By , September 11, 2014 6:52 am

There will be a special public hearing held at the Parker Memorial Community Center, 2621 Main Street, on September 17 at 6:30p.m.

Special Public Hearing Notice September 17, 2014


Jillian Burgos Found

By , September 10, 2014 6:26 pm

Hartford Police Department Deputy Chief Brian Foley has said that Jillian Burgos, the youth missing for over two weeks, has been found out-of-state and is in good health, waiting to be reunited with her family. Foley announced on Twitter that an investigation is ongoing.

Questions Remain on Downtown North Revelopment

By , September 9, 2014 12:17 pm

Downtown North Redevelopment is back on the agenda for tonight’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. This document has been prepared for the meeting:

Downtown North Redevelopment PZ 090914 V2 FINAL

Since City officials announced plans to build a stadium last June, more questions have been raised than answered. Among those questions:

  • Do all parcels hold considerable market, retail, residential, and mixed-use development potential?
  • Have all of these parcels been completely surveyed and do topographical maps exist for all parcels? How are developers able to do a proper feasibility study without designs overlaying the topo?  Can that be done without site or land surveys?
  • Did the City have a recent market appraisal done for all of the parcels?
  • Are there environmental reports on all of these parcels? Are there any underground storage tanks/sewer lines at these parcels that will need to be moved? How much will it cost for asbestos remediation at 150 Windsor Street? What is the magnitude of these potential environmental issues? Who pays for environmental remediation costs?
  • How much will it cost for the street realignment of Trumbull and Pleasant, along with the abandonment of Windsor? Who pays? How will this impact the flow of traffic with several nearby schools and colleges?
  • Are there unpaid taxes on any of these properties? What is the City doing to collect?
  • Is there a reason that the commercial developer is able to have these properties gifted? Isn’t the norm for the commercial developer to purchase the parcels they plan to develop? Is there a reason that the developers are not being asked to pay full fair market value for this land? Continue reading 'Questions Remain on Downtown North Revelopment'»

Salvation Army Shelter Saved…This Season

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In August it came to light that the budget for the Salvation Army’s Marshall House had been cut. Conversations on restoring that funding appeared to be going nowhere in City Hall, but once the issue was given local media attention, there was a rush to find ways to move money around. What kind of city would Hartford be if it cut the funding for one of the few shelters that serves women and families, and acts as a no-freeze shelter on especially cold days?

The promise to restore funding was made official at Monday’s City Council meeting when the transfer of $100,000 from the Sundry Account to the Department of Health & Human Services was passed.

Speed of Capital Improvement Projects

By , September 8, 2014 9:57 pm

In July we took the City’s temperature on how Capital Improvement Project funds were being used. Two months later, we are taking another look.


Previously, it was said that the Pope Park pond restoration work would begin in September. The latest information is that the plan now is only to dredge it and to go with the lowest bid. Still waiting on official word regarding the status of the restoration of ponds at Goodwin Park and Bushnell Park, but we hear that work on the latter should begin later this month. It’s suspected that the problem with the Bushnell Park pond is related to piping and its lining.

Goodwin Park

Work seems to have stalled, then resumed, and then slowed at Pope Park North (Baby Pope) over the summer. One City source said that the spray pool and playground construction would be completed by May, and a sign at the site said July. At the beginning of July, some playground equipment, picnic tables, and benches were in place, but the spray pool was never on during the school summer vacation. The border fence remains to be installed. Grass seed was spread, but never appeared to be watered. The only signs of movement on the site have been some work to the sidewalk surrounding. With children back in school, the $570,000 renovations remains unfinished. Continue reading 'Speed of Capital Improvement Projects'»

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