November 21, 2017

New Britain Lawmakers Announce Funding for New Columbus Commons Housing Construction

Mixed-use building will provide affordable housing options near CTfastrak Station

photo of Senator Gerratana.

Senator Terry Gerratana joined New Britain residents and other elected officials to break ground on Columbus Commons on October 17, 2017.

Senator Terry Gerratana (D-New Britain) joined the other members of New Britain’s legislative delegation to announce the imminent approval of funding for a mixed-use property in the vacant lot that used to hold New Britain’s old police station. The new building, which will be called “Columbus Commons,” will include commercial space for retail, office space and restaurants, along with 80 new housing units. The State Bond Commission is expected approve a $5,000,000 loan to the developer that will build Columbus Commons when it meets on November 29.

“Columbus Commons is an ambitious project that we have been working on for many years now, and it is very exciting to see the work being done now that shovels are in the ground,” said Senator Gerratana. “New Britain’s focus on transit-oriented development around the CTfastrak stations has been a successful strategy to grow our local economy, and this new development will be an important piece of the plan to move our city forward. In addition to the direct economic benefits of this project, it will provide a greatly needed boost to New Britain’s housing stock.”

“Access to reliable transportation and job attainment and retention go hand-in-hand—this project encompasses both those valuable properties,” Representative Robert Sanchez (D-New Britain) said. “Columbus commons will be an excellent addition to New Britain and I am looking forward to the many beneficial contributions it will make.”

“The construction of this flagship facility will not only strengthen our local economy, but it will become a focal point in the community helping to increase foot traffic downtown,” said Representative Rick Lopes (D-New Britain).

Columbus Commons will have commercial space available on the first floor, with apartment above. Of the 80 housing unit available, 64 will be priced to meet affordable housing guidelines. Additionally, Columbus Commons will provide supportive services for eight chronically homeless individuals and eight families with special needs.