By the petitions circulating earlier this week it would seem that the only items covered in upwards of 250 pages of zoning regulations involve the West End, how the Village for Families and Children site should be used, and how many unrelated people may live together in one small area of the city. Claims by the dozen have been made about the public information and notice process and about what zoning changes might mean. Since the revision process began in 2013, we have been closely following along the way.
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A draft of the extensive revision of Hartford’s zoning regulations is now available to peruse. In the next few weeks, there will be several opportunities to weigh in on the changes.
The City of Hartford will be hosting two open houses. The first, on December 21, 2015 will take place from 4-6 p.m. on the fourth floor of 250 Constitution Plaza. The second, to be held in the Plaza Level Conference Room at 260 Constitution Plaza, will be on January 4, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Planning & Zoning Commission will be holding its public hearing at 6 p.m. on January 12, 2016 in its regular meeting place, 260 Constitution Plaza, Plaza Level Conference Room.
For those with questions or comments who are unable to attend those meetings, remarks can be passed along to Sara Bronin, Chair of the Planning & Zoning Commission at email@example.com.
Wesleyan University professor Nikesha Anderson will be giving a talk on “Connecticut’s Role in Stem Cell Research: Questions and Concerns” at 11:30 a.m. in the Hartford History Center. This is cosponsored by the Connecticut Science Center and Hartford Public Library. HHC is located on the top floor of the library. Free.
- Free yoga in Bushnell Park every Monday at 5:30 p.m. Meet on the lawn between the pond and Pump House Gallery. Bring your own mat.
- Yelp Helps & Bear’s Cares: A Fundraiser for K9s for Warriors. Yelp with Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ will be raising funds to provide a service canine for a vet. They say this would be for someone “suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of military service post 9/11” with hopes that the service canine can help the vet “return to civilian life with dignity and independence.” The event is from 6-9 p.m. at Bear’s on Arch Street. $10, or, you can skip the event and just donate online.
- Learn to Solder class: stop by MakeHartford to learn a cool skill. 6:30-9 p.m. $35. Online registration required. MakeHartford is located at 30 Arbor Street #B7.
- Hartford Jazz Orchestra gives a free performance at the Arch Street Tavern at 8 p.m.
- Free yoga in Keney Park every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Meet on the lawn between the pond and Pond House off of Edgewood Street. Bring your own mat.
- The Hartford Symphony String Quartet will give a free lunchtime performance in Liam E. McGee Memorial Park (née Hartbeat Park) at noon on the rear patio, 140 Garden Street. Rain date: June 3rd.
- Opening day for the West End Farmers’ Market on Clemens Green (385 Farmington Ave). 4-7 p.m.
- Monthly workshop meeting of the Board of Education from 5-7 p.m. at Moylan Elementary School, 101 Catherine Street. No public comment, but the public is welcome to attend.
- Stop by Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street) for board games, 6-10 p.m. They provide the games. Free.
- Hartford Seminary will be hosting a free screening for Of Many at 7 p.m. Discussion follows.
- Visit The Cottage in Elizabeth Park for the annual sale of tulip bulbs from the park’s Tulip Garden. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Discover the Asylum Hill Neighborhood: Mary Falvey leads today’s “Gospels in Stone” tour. 12-1 p.m. Meet at the YWCA at Broad and Farmington. Wear comfortable shoes. Free.
- Free yoga in Elizabeth Park every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Meet on the Rose Garden Lawn. Bring your own mat.
- Composting 101: learn best practices in this one-time class. 5:30-7 p.m. at KNOX, 75 Laurel Street. RSVP. 860) 951-7694 ext 28 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get HYPEd at The Mezzanine (960 Main). Casual networking event for young professionals. Free. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your business cards.
- Downtown North Project Update and Panel Discussion at Hartford Public Library. Refreshments at 5:30 p.m., program begins at 6. Free.
- GAZE: LGBTQ happy hour at Real Art Ways. This free and informal event starts at 5:30.
- Liquid Lounge: Dino de Mayo: Cinco de Mayo party, with dinosaurs. This is the Connecticut Science Center’s every-so-often adults only party. There will be strolling Mariachi music with Fiesta Del Norte, live Latin jazz, DJs, live Mexican and desert animals, salsa lessons, and more. 6-10 p.m. Not free.
- Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society galleries from 9-5. Free admission does not include access to their research center.
- Kim Cannon’s POP-UP Art Market: 10-4 p.m. at the Hartford Seminary, 77 Sherman Street.
- Samba Fest at the Riverfront — 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free. Dance, get your face painted, or picnic while listening to music from the Ivan Vilela Trio, Trinity Samba Ensemble, GuakiBom Jazz Salsa Ensemble, and the Trinity Steel Band. Take part in the Brazilian dance workshops with Ginga Brasileira; learn Samba, Capoeira, or Maculelê)
- Art reception for Brian Dupont at EBK Gallery, 218 Pearl Street. 6-8 p.m. Art from this exhibit will be displayed through May 10th.
- Maybe this gets the prize for weird event of the month? (more…)
- Real Art Ways will be screening The Magnificent Seven at 1 p.m. A conversation will follow: “In the 1950’s, the Western got big and the screen got wide. By 1960, classical Hollywood was breaking down. Conversation addresses some of the causes, and some of the relics that hold the Western together – deadlines, static shots, and operatic violence. It also considers the pressure on postwar manhood and the role of Hollywood in global film culture.” General admission: $11.
- The McGill Lecture in International Studies features “China and the United Nations” with Ambassador Liu Jieyi, Ambassador of China to the United Nations. This will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Washington Room of Mather Hall at Trinity College. Free.
- Get HYPEd at the Black Bear Saloon, 187 Allyn Street. They say: “Get HYPEd is a casual event that offers an opportunity to network with other young professionals. Join us for Get HYPEd at Black Bear Saloon and make sure to drop a business card for your chance to win a prize! At this Get HYPEd, our Community Involvement Committee is holding a Community Collection for Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation. Their food pantry needs donations to be successful, and they’ve given us a list of most needed items. You can find the items needed here.” 5:30-8:30 p.m.
- Talk & Book Signing: Coney Island 40 Years: Photographer Harvey Stein discusses the work in his book, Coney Island 40 Years. Starts at 6 p.m. at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Free. Arrive from 5-6 p.m. to check out the awesome Coney Island exhibit before the talk.
- Take a tour of MakeHartford, Show & Tell about your current project, hang out with the String Thing group. 6-9 p.m. at MakeHartford, 30 Arbor Street.
- First Thursday After Hours: every month the Wadsworth Atheneum hosts a little party. Check out the museum, listen to music, take a tour, and make some art. This is from 5-8 p.m. Admission is $5. At 8, they will be screening Wild, so stick around for that.
- Open reception at the Pump House Gallery for Resounding Images: 25th Anniversary of Judy Dworin Performance Project. This starts at 6 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 21. The Pump House Gallery is located in Bushnell Park.
- Poet Mark Doty will be reading from his new book Deep Lane as part of the Cardin Series on the University of Hartford campus. This free, public event will take place in Wilde Auditorium at the Harry Jack Gray Center. 6-9 p.m.
- The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music play at Peppercorn’s Grill, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Originals and cover songs. No admission charge. (more…)
On Tuesday, March 24, the public can weigh in before the Planning & Zoning Commission on the proposed 5-year Capital Improvement Program budget. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Plaza Level Conference Room at 260 Constitution Plaza.
If the Planning, Economic, Development and Housing Committee gives it a thumbs’ up, it looks like Mayor Segarra’s reappointment of Sandra Bobowski to the Planning & Zoning Commission will pass on through Court of Common Council.
This will extend the Terry Road resident’s tenure on the PZC from twenty years to 24.
The push for her reappointment following such a long tenure gives the impression that no potential commissioners are lining up for service, but that is inaccurate. (more…)
After two days of meetings — with the first lasting 7.5 hours — it was decided that the developer for Downtown North would tinker with the plan and resubmit that to the Planning and Zoning Commission. It is expected that this more detailed plan will return to the commission in late December or early January of next year and be voted on at that time.
Monday night, City Council adopted three resolutions that would change three streets in Hartford, entirely to accommodate the planned baseball stadium. Councilperson Deutsch and MacDonald were the only to vote “no” on all three of these items.
What does this mean for Downtown North?
The width of Pleasant Street will be reduced by five feet for a stretch of 850 feet.
The section of Trumbull Street between Market and Main will be moved 85 feet south.
Windsor Street, between Trumbull and Pleasant, will be closed off. That’s not just during construction — that’s permanent. Seen as one of the safer north-south routes for cyclists, this closure will create some inconvenience for bicycle commuters and other street users.
Nearby Ann Uccello Street became a cul-de-sac in 2013, as did Flower Street (Asylum Hill and Frog Hollow) last year. The latter was closed for reasons related to the CTfastrak; the former, apparently, happened with little fanfare. The closed segment of Ann Uccello Street is in the general Downtown North area. (more…)