Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Working For You

February 2, 2021

East Hartford Delegation Supports Raytheon/Pratt & Whitney Decision to Market Rentschler Field Land for Development

Today, the East Hartford delegation, including State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor), State Representative Jeff Currey (D-East Hartford), State Representative Henry Genga (D-East Hartford), State Representative and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford) and East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc gave their support after Raytheon/Pratt & Whitney announced it is marketing land at the Rentschler Field site in East Hartford as for sale, with the land intended to be developed as a distribution and warehousing park. On Tuesday, the company declared 300 acres of land directly adjacent to the sports field is on the market, for potential use for logistics development.

“It’s heartening to hear our local companies are seeking to further develop this land, undoubtedly bringing new jobs and tax revenue along in the future,” said Sen. Anwar. “This has strong potential for both Raytheon and the town, as both will benefit. I’m also heartened to hear this announcement will not impact the COVID-19 vaccination site happening on the land right now, meaning the site will be used for good both now and in the future.”

“I am pleased to see Raytheon and Pratt & Whitney are stepping up as direct partners to continue investing in East Hartford and the surrounding community. The Logistics Center @ Rentschler Field is an attractive site for a logistics and distribution center due to its close proximity to major interstates as well as major economic hubs like New York City and Boston,” said Rep. Currey. “It will no doubt be a key part of the region and state’s economic recovery, bringing permanent jobs and generating additional tax revenue. I am eager to see how this benefits our town and creates additional opportunities for development.”

“Developing the land at Rentschler Field will greatly benefit the town of East Hartford and the surrounding communities,” said Rep. Genga. “The property’s size and geographic location will make it an attractive space for development. Ideally, the development of this land will boost the local economy and create jobs for our residents.”

“Today’s announcement by Raytheon and Pratt & Whitney presents an enormous opportunity to encourage much needed development and economic growth at one of the largest tracts of open land in the region. We have an opportunity to attract mixed used development at Rentschler Field as demand for warehouse and logistics space continues to grow. Our centrally located proximity to major highways should be a key asset to development and I hope that initial progress will serve as a catalyst for additional commercial and residential development in the future,” said House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D – East Hartford, Manchester).

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Town to have this land at Rentschler Field developed, with a potential of bringing thousands of jobs for East Hartford residents,” said Mayor Leclerc. “The property totaling 280 acres offers an unprecedented development opportunity due to its convenient location with access to all of New England via major highways.”

The 300-acre site, able to accommodate a 2.3-million square foot development, is considered one of the largest and most convenient development sites between New York City and Boston. Recent success in the regional distribution and warehouse market inspires hope that The Logistics Center @ Rentschler Field can bring new development and employment to the region.