Hiramicus

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  1. Hiramicus

    50 Elm Renovation

    we definitely need more small-scale projects like this. it's what gives a city character.
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    Bradley International Airport

    Those are very good points, but I think on that note, I think we should push to be better connected to Logan and JFK in that case. Wouldn't it be great if we had a metro-north train that ran to a terminus at JFK? Even an express bus service would be welcomed. Apart from driving and parking at these locations, there are not many options for arriving at the airports.
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    Bradley International Airport

    Those are very good points, but I think on that note, I think we should push to be better connected to Logan and JFK in that case. Wouldn't it be great if we had a metro-north train that ran to a terminus at JFK? Even an express bus service would be welcomed. Apart from driving and parking at these locations, there are not many options for arriving at the airports.
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    Hartford I-84 Viaduct Study

    Does anyone have a summary of the proposed exit changes with any of the proposed build-out scenarios? It seems like if they could redeisgn some of the long exit ramps and left entrances and bottlenecks caused at the 91 intersection this could greatly reduce congestion in hartford
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    Downtown Hartford Residential Projects

    Does anyone know the status of 101-111 Pearl Street? Since Perez is out, I would've assumed that there would've been more movement on that front. Also, I think that would be a great place for smaller studios and 1-bedrooms, especially since they are closer to the future Market At Hartford 21.
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    PROPOSED: AI Tech Center

    so has anyone noticed that the restaurant on the Mezzanine level is already marked as "henrietta's kitchen". Has anyone heard of that? Is that final?
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    HFD/Conn Economic development

    who's this 'guru'? And who has a hotel in Constitution plaza? I hope too that this attracts more companies to the region. The plus was that there is no mortgage on this property anymore, so I would think that is attractive. Further, the building has underground parking, which is also good. I think it makes a good case for another company to swoop in and buy the building and establish a Hartford presence (fingers crossed).
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    Hartford Restaurant/Retail

    wow - so cool that is going to be a dunkin donuts on Capitol and Flower. I had no idea what could be going in there. First thing, concerning that corner of Pratt and Main - I think rather than a high-rise, they should be put a garage. I think that's what Pratt street is suffering from: people drive down Pratt, don't see any street parking and instead go somplace where they get better parking - like Trumbull street or Allyn Street. If they did this, then maybe the asylum avenue north streetscape could be freed up for redevelopment! Second thing, does anyone else think that with Aenta building all these high-capacity parking lots that maybe they'll be vacating that lot underneath I-84 and thus allowing the DOT to drop 84 down to street/recessed level?
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    PROPOSED: AI Tech Center

    There is that vacant hotel next to the AI tower than spans the road. What do you think of some residential there? I personally think that the Plaza level is one of the neatest things about DT Hartford. It separates pedestrian life from risk of getting run over by a car. We just need more pedestrians! Maybe Residential would help out?
  10. So I know we've had separate discussions about New Haven-Hartford-Springfield and Waterbury-Hartford lines, but I wanted to bring this up given: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/04/16/obama.rail/index.html First, I always find it funny that the Acela express goes through NH. I know it's historically there, but there seem to be so many kinks to the rail line from NH to Boston AND I'm sure land down there is VERY expensive, so any hopes of realigning tracks could have a hefty price tag. Why not route it through Hartford to Providence via Williamantic or Hartford to Boston via Worcester? Second, more generalized version of previous point, we talk a lot about linking to nyc, but why not link to Boston? Why hasn't there been much talk about this?
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    IN PROGRESS: Hartford-New Britain Busway/ CTFastrak

    I just wanted to point out another benefit to upgrading the Hartford to Waterbury rail line that I don't think anyone has focused on: MetroNorth services Waterbury. If someone at the DOT could convince MetroNorth to extend operations into Hartford, I don't think anyone would complaint that they could take ONE train from Hartford into nyc! We need to exploit this wonderful plus we have as a region: proximity to nyc. It seems like we are close enough to be attractive, yet all the transportation planning seems to put it just out of everyday reach.
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    Downtown Hartford Residential Projects

    Does anyone know if there are plans for 111 Pearl Street, and if so, where?
  13. this was disappointing news. I don't think downtown needs more retail space. it needs more residents and tenants first then the retail space will fill in. They should just scrap the project. Finally, I agree that I don't want another dollar store there.
  14. I guess I should defend my statements a little more. 1) I do not see the new Civic Center contributing to more residential growth. I think that when people think of what amenities downtown has to offer, certainly a Civic Center within walking distance would be nice (which would be Front Street), but I do not think that they want to be RIGHT near the Civic Center. 2) I do not think the majority of the people going to shows would be downtown residents. Most likely they are going to be driving in and going to be using the highways. The Front street location provides FAR superior Access to I-91 & I-84 west via the whitehead highway.. Further, access to Route 2 and I-84 east is only a block away. At the current location, there's access to I84 but a seeming CF to get onto 91. Further, I think taking out Church street (as the plan goes) would create a CF for traffic. 3) I am a proponent of taking advantage of the Civic center's garages from the "minimum build" perspective. The city would only have to construct the new center instead of a new center and garage. Further, if we put two large venue spaces together, perhaps they can have a synergetic effect (along with the new Science center) to spur businesses friendly to visitor-growth. 4) It would also be nice to put it closer to constitution plaza. A significant portion of concert-goers are under-21 year olds. This would give them something to enjoy before a show. Also, for those who want to walk around, it's something to impress non-locals with. 5) now what to do with the current stadium. I say sell it. The area is a lot more attractive for potential downtown residents because it is closer to the park and many other places of employment. Front street development would only be close to Travellers. After all, the pedestrian-proximity attracts people who do it daily, not those who do it once in a while going to a show. Thanks for the comments though. It's good to have a dialogue.
  15. I really think this is a great idea to relocate the New Arena to Front Street Project. 1) Trumbull street area is getting to be a more residential section of downtown and knocking down the current civic center would free up that area to more development. Further, they could also open up another pedestrian shopping way (from Allyn Street to Pratt Street). 2) it DEFINITELY would be a good idea to take advantage of the parking at the convention center. Currently the "rebuild on top of current Civic center" scenario destroys the current parking garage and forces development of many of those other lots. 3) I think it would be good to locate more development closer to constitution plaza. It really is a neat area for Hartford (and pretty unique in that respect). We should try and build it up. 4) the abandoned Times building would be an AWESOME facade. 5) whitehead highway, Route 2 bridge provide amble traffic alleviation. there's always potention for a CF onto 84 at the current location.