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District Highlights Improvements

Over the past year the City has seen some changes. The success stories and promises of a brighter future were the focuses of the New Britain Downtown District’s 29th Annual Meeting Monday morning.

The meeting which usually takes place at the district offices on West Main St., was moved to the Police Station Community Room in order to show off the addition to Main St. that was part of the police station finished this past year.

“When I first came to New Britain this site right here was two vacant buildings collapsing,” said Avner Krohn, chairman of the board of commissioners of the district. “This community room has become a community center which is great for our downtown.”

Avner said a new parking lot this year was added near the station, CT Fastrak has begun, and the Streetscape is in the works.

“I am getting calls on a daily basis to speak to numerous developers,” said Krohn. “It’s very, very exciting. There is positive news for the City.”

Krohn said many new businesses have come about and in the area Jasko Development owns on West Main St. only one vacant space remains.

The Downtown District has put out a $10,000 grant for façade improvement and it has been taken advantage of and more is available for downtown businesses.

“We have a seat at every major infrastructure project within the City of New Britain,” said Krohn. “This puts all the property owners in downtown in the loop.”

Krohn said in the past year Newbrite Plaza sold for $15.4 million and it is 100 percent occupied and there is a waiting list for businesses to get into it. The ACMAT building traded also.

“There are many developers looking into the area,” Krohn added. “There is movement and momentum.”

Gerry Amodio, executive director, said 20 years ago people were afraid to walk down Main St. during the day and no one can say that today. He said Hartford does not have a downtown supermarket and New Britain has two.

“I speak passionately about this City because it is all I know,” said Amodio. “When you only know one thing you better love it or you better leave it. We go through administrations, but we stay. We are homesteaders and we protect ourselves and want better for ourselves and our children.”

Amodio also said during the past year the district put on the Annual Car Show, the Guida Family Christmas Tree, the Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone, founded by the New Britain City Journal, and Hoops for Homeless founded by Paul Zagorsky, Jacob Werblow and Joe Vaverchak.

Approved at the annual meeting were commission members serving for 2012-14 Steven Amato, James Calciano, Stephen Hard, Justine Moriarty, Michael Schroeder, Hannah Hurwitz and Mark Bernacki.

Commissioners serving a two year term for 2013-15 were Diane Eschner, Avner Krohn, Leszek Majewski, Rashmi Patel, Shirley Perrin, Orson “Roy” Rothkopf, Kris Rutkowski, Frank Shank and Leo Gagne.

By Robin Vinci
EDITOR
Over the past year the City has seen some changes. The success stories and promises of a brighter future were the focuses of the New Britain Downtown District’s 29th Annual Meeting Monday morning.
The meeting which usually takes place at the district offices on West Main St., was moved to the Police Station Community Room in order to show off the addition to Main St. that was part of the police station finished this past year.
“When I first came to New Britain this site right here was two vacant buildings collapsing,” said Avner Krohn, chairman of the board of commissioners of the district. “This community room has become a community center which is great for our downtown.”
Avner said a new parking lot this year was added near the station, CT Fastrak has begun, and the Streetscape is in the works.
“I am getting calls on a daily basis to speak to numerous developers,” said Krohn. “It’s very, very exciting. There is positive news for the City.”
Krohn said many new businesses have come about and in the area Jasko Development owns on West Main St. only one vacant space remains.
The Downtown District has put out a $10,000 grant for façade improvement and it has been taken advantage of and more is available for downtown businesses.
“We have a seat at every major infrastructure project within the City of New Britain,” said Krohn. “This puts all the property owners in downtown in the loop.”
Krohn said in the past year Newbrite Plaza sold for $15.4 million and it is 100 percent occupied and there is a waiting list for businesses to get into it. The ACMAT building traded also.
“There are many developers looking into the area,” Krohn added. “There is movement and momentum.”
Gerry Amodio, executive director, said 20 years ago people were afraid to walk down Main St. during the day and no one can say that today. He said Hartford does not have a downtown supermarket and New Britain has two.
“I speak passionately about this City because it is all I know,” said Amodio. “When you only know one thing you better love it or you better leave it. We go through administrations, but we stay. We are homesteaders and we protect ourselves and want better for ourselves and our children.”
Amodio also said during the past year the district put on the Annual Car Show, the Guida Family Christmas Tree, the Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone, founded by the New Britain City Journal, and Hoops for Homeless founded by Paul Zagorsky, Jacob Werblow and Joe Vaverchak.
Approved at the annual meeting were commission members serving for 2012-14 Steven Amato, James Calciano, Stephen Hard, Justine Moriarty, Michael Schroeder, Hannah Hurwitz and Mark Bernacki.
Commissioners serving a two year term for 2013-15 were Diane Eschner, Avner Krohn, Leszek Majewski, Rashmi Patel, Shirley Perrin, Orson “Roy” Rothkopf, Kris Rutkowski, Frank Shank and Leo Gagne.