Posts Tagged ‘ Hartford ’

Hartford’s Downtown North project is a chance to enhance transit

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

… the mixed-use development proposal calls for far too much new parking and not enough in the way of improved pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure.

Rare Birds To Be Punted From Rentschler Field Area

Sep 19th, 2014 | By

It’s a prime habitat for nesting birds, including upland sandpipers, grasshopper sparrows and bobolinks. However, an $84 million, 350,000-square-foot outlet shopping center is planned for the site.

Governor approves funds for repair of south branch of Park River channel

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that $4.6 million for repairs and improvements to flood control infrastructure that protects hundreds of homes and properties along the South Branch of the Park River as it flows through the towns of Newington, West Hartford, and Hartford were approved at a meeting of the State Bond Commission.

Op-ed: Is urban parking the symptom or the disease?

May 14th, 2014 | By

A recent set of studies from the University of Connecticut aptly describes the ills of urban parking and how it affects the landscape of downtown Hartford. Surface parking now covers 22 percent of the land in downtown Hartford, and “entire blocks have been turned from human-scale building fronts to expansive surface lots.” For more on

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Moving closer to a Coltsville Park, Hartford

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

Ed Note: I’m not sure if this is a decade-long effort, or a decade-old effort. I don’t know that much effort has been expended to make this a national park since the effort was announced more than a decade ago.  The decade-long effort to build a national park on the site of Coltsville – gunmaker and

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Study: Hartford, New Haven Hurt By Abundance of Parking

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By

Regardless of how hard it can seem to find a parking spot sometimes, Hartford and New Haven have built a lot more parking over the past few decades. But that can be a bad thing. A team of researchers at the University of Connecticut recently investigated the impact of parking policies in six cities across

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State Celebrates Successful First Year of Commercial Clean Energy Financing Program

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

Connecticut’s “Green Bank,” the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, says it has celebrated the successful first year of its nationally-recognized Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or C-PACE program. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from CEFIA.

Cyclist Heads To Court To Reopen Hartford Street

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

Cycling advocate and Hartford resident Christopher Brown is headed to court today to ask a judge to reopen Flower Street and begin the construction of a pedestrian bridge. Brown and his attorney, Ken Krayeske, filed the lawsuit against the Connecticut Department of Transportation in November when the street was closed for construction of the Hartford-New

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Hartford presents development plan for Downtown North

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

Officials in Hartford presented final plans for the redevelopment of Downtown North, the area north of Interstate 84 and east of the Connecticut River in Hartford. The city presented the plans for the redevelopment of the area, which now includes parts of Union Station known as Downtown West, at a meeting Wednesday night. The meeting

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To Fill Budget Gap, Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority Seeks Richer Clean Energy Subsidies

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

By BRIAN DOWLING No state burns as much of its trash as Connecticut does. Every day, six trash-to-energy plants burn about 5,600 tons of refuse, at least two-thirds of everything thrown away. But the largest player in this decades-old system has run into serious problems. The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority faces a $10 million deficit

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Asylum Street Merchants: Special Lane For Buses Bad Idea

Aug 28th, 2013 | By
Flower Street Pedestrian Bridge design proposal. (CT DOT)

If a redesign of downtown Hartford’s traffic system creates a bus-only lane down Asylum Street, several prominent retailers and restaurant owners say the buses will be jockeying for space with moving vans — because they’ll leave.

Elizabeth Park Conservancy Celebrates First Annual Meeting

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

The Elizabeth Park Conservancy held its first annual meeting on July 16 at the Pond House in Elizabeth Park. Kathy Kraczkowsky, past president of the Conservancy, and new president, Laura Berman, welcomed their guests, which included Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

Rally for climate control held at state capitol

Jul 20th, 2013 | By
Screenshot of the rally from WTNH Channel 8's report. Click on it for more from WTNH.

Environmental activists from around the state joined with the state’s two U.S. Senators today to say action on controlling carbon emissions, as stated by President Obama three weeks ago, must be addressed.

“This is not in doubt,” said senator Chris Murphy. “These weather trends and these storms are caused by increased levels of carbon pollutants.”

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Oldest Brick Building In Hartford Will Soon Be Energy Efficient

Jul 10th, 2013 | By

The Amos Bull House, located just east of downtown Hartford, was built in 1788 and previously served as the Connecticut Historical Commission’s administrative offices until Connecticut Landmarks, a non-profit group, acquired the building in 2008. For more on this story, visit: CT News Junkie | Oldest Brick Building In Hartford Will Soon Be Energy Efficient.

Hartford Riverfest postponed because of high Connecticut River water levels

Jul 4th, 2013 | By

The signature event in the capital city has been postponed because of a new report from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service on flooding.

CRRA to Transform Hartford Landfill from Eyesore to Clean-Energy Source

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority has awarded an $11.6 million contract for the final phase of capping the 96-acre landfill. This final section – about 35 acres – will have photovoltaic panels mounted on top of a special artificial turf. The project is expected to generate about one megawatt of electricity, or enough to power about 1,000 homes at peak efficiency. Solar generation is impacted by weather and the sun’s position in the sky.

Hartford Pulls Out Of Flower Street Busway Fight

May 9th, 2013 | By

In an abrupt reversal, the city has dropped all opposition to closing Flower Street to accommodate the New-Britain-to-Hartford busway. Mayor Pedro Segarra’s decision came after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations between city officials and aides to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is committed to drive the busway to completion by early 2015. For more on this

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Railroad On Verge of Rehabbing Bulkeley Bridge

Oct 1st, 2012 | By

Work could start as early as this winter to rehabilitate a key rail bridge that links about a dozen east-of-the-river companies with the rest of the nation’s freight network. The state will pay $3 million toward replacing rusted support beams and worn ties and braces on the bridge, which spans the Connecticut River a short

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Nine towns to share $20M federal grant for transportation projects

Aug 30th, 2012 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that nine Connecticut cities and towns will share a $20 million federal grant for transportation projects designed to improve the flow of traffic, improve air quality, and reduce energy use.

CEQ commends CRRA and DEEP for reducing air pollution from South Meadow ‘jets’

Aug 21st, 2012 | By

The Chair of the state’s Council on Environmental Quality has issued a statement commending the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for taking steps to reduce air pollution from the Hartford power plant known as the South Meadow “jets.”

The South Meadow plant has eight aging jet turbine engines that burn jet fuel to generate electricity on days of high electricity demand.