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East Street TOD: A College Town

By at December 15, 2016 | 2:00 pm |

East Street TOD: A College Town

(Part 4 of 4) Perhaps one of the most exciting part of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan calls for making East Street, near the CTFastrak, a college town. The third part of the TOD study, by Milone and MacBroom, looks at East Street which is a mixture of uses integrated for pedestrian-friendly development. According to the study, “As a link between more...

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East Main Street CTFastrak Station TOD

By at December 8, 2016 | 2:00 pm |

East Main Street CTFastrak Station TOD

(Part 3 of 4) The area surrounding the East Main St. CTFastrak is the second of three areas in which a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan was made for the City by the firm of Milone and MacBroom. “This is the most difficult of the areas to target for development because it stretches from Stanley St. near Dwight Street and where the National Guard building more...

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New Britain Stores Ready for the Holidays

By at December 1, 2016 | 2:30 pm |

New Britain Stores Ready for the Holidays

Whether you have yet to start your holiday shopping or you are nearly done, don’t forget to make a visit to several stores in downtown New Britain. “We have anything for anyone in downtown New Britain. Whatever it is from puzzles to models to trains to food to travel, we have everything,” said Gerry Amodio, downtown district director. “There are sneakers, more...

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Top 10 Shops in New Britain/Berlin for the Holidays

By at December 1, 2016 | 2:15 pm |

Top 10 Shops in New Britain/Berlin for the Holidays

Amato’s Toy and Hobby, 283 Main St., New Britain - Amato’s takes first place as the best place to shop as the store to hit this holiday season. It offers toys, board games, model kits, trains, radio-controlled vehicles, puzzles, stocking stuffers and much more. It is the ultimate toy store. Hillary Riegel said, “I love Amatos Toy and Hobby because they have a more...

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Downtown Plans for Transit Oriented Development

By at December 1, 2016 | 2:00 pm |

Downtown Plans for Transit Oriented Development

(Part 2 of 4) Downtown New Britain has one of the most important plans of the three Transit Oriented Development (TOD) locations. The firm of Milone and MacBroom recently set a future TOD plan for the area around the CTFastrak stations. TOD is mixed-use development that is fully integrated with transit, where development prioritizes pedestrians and connections to more...

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CMHA Stirring Controversy

By at November 17, 2016 | 2:30 pm |

CMHA Stirring Controversy

Anger and frustration surrounds many downtown businesses as the prospect of the Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) moving in at 227 Main St., the former Mitch’s Building, draws near. Last week Ray Gorman, president and CEO of the CMHA, made a presentation to the Downtown District. He said that the property would be the location of 3 or 4 service locations more...

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City Journal Readers Choose New City Slogan

By at November 17, 2016 | 2:15 pm |

City Journal Readers Choose New City Slogan

Readers of the City Journal have spoken and the City has listened. After asking readers to choose one of four slogans to be the City’s next slogan “Experience the New” was the overwhelming winner. It received over 50 percent of the votes. “Connect and Bee Inspired” had 25 percent, “History. Honey. Home.” had 17.5 percent and “Because Old is Boring” more...

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New Britain Transit Oriented Development Plan

By at November 17, 2016 | 2:00 pm |

New Britain Transit Oriented Development Plan

(Part one of four parts) Now that the CTFastrak is complete and being used by thousands, the State is looking to enhance the areas around it. It is known as Transit Oriented Development (TOD). TOD is mixed-use development that is fully integrated with transit, where development prioritizes pedestrians and connections to transit in uses and design. TODs are more...

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Nearly 73 Percent of Residents Vote; Question 3 Passes

By at November 10, 2016 | 2:30 pm |

Nearly 73 Percent of Residents Vote; Question 3 Passes

A large number of registered voters took part in this year’s election as it was an extremely controversial presidential year. Officials said it was about 10 percentage points higher than normal presidential elections at about 73 percent. Approximately 30,500 people in the City are registered to vote. Around 800 were same day registration. “It (same day more...

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Lexington St. Christmas House Tribute

By at November 10, 2016 | 2:15 pm |

Lexington St. Christmas House Tribute

When New Britain resident and legend Rita Giancola passed away last August 15, many thought it was the end of the Christmas House on Lexington St. But before Giancola died she had one last wish - that the family decorated the house one more time. The family agreed and this will be the last year as her family is doing it. It will be done as a tribute to her more...

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