Questions and doubts seem to be turning to cautious enthusiasm for the Downtown North project in Hartford that began with a proposal to build a baseball stadium for the New Britain Rock Cats. The idea is now to build a whole new neighborhood on a long neglected section of the city that will feature apartments and eventually condominiums, a grocery store, restaurants, shops, a brewery, and of course a stadium.
This Sunday on Face the State, we got an update on the project from the developer, Bob Landino, CEO of Centerplan Development Corporation and the Chief Operating Officer of the City of Hartford Darrell Hill. Both talked about financing and the impact it will have on the city. The pair agreed the project (which is without a name or brand right now,) will do to the city what Blue Black Square has done for West Hartford, and Storrs Center for the home of UConn.
Landino and Hill also talked about what this neighborhood would feature, and named at least one supermarket company that is strongly interested in being an anchor tenant, ShopRite.
To learn more about the project, watch the entire interview from Face the State right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10601818.