BLIGHT ORDINANCE PUBLIC HEARING
On Tuesday, February 21 the Hartford City Council’s Planning, Economic Development and Housing Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed Anti-Blight Ordinance Revisions (7 p.m. in the Council Chambers). Please attend and let the Council Members know that Anti-Blight = Historic Preservation = Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization in Hartford.
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED TO FURTHER HISTORIC PRESERVATION DEVELOPMENT IN CONNECTICUT
Commerce Committee will be holding a public hearing on Senate Bill 819 to raise the cap on the Historic Tax Credit program.
Virtually all of the recent Hartford projects that have transformed vacant buildings into residential units – including Spectra Boutique (Hotel American), Capewell Lofts, Capitol Lofts, and the 179 Allyn Street (Judd & Root Building)- would not have happened without this important economic development tool.
Important benefits of the Historic Tax Credit program:
- For every $100 invested in rehabilitating an historic building, $83 ends up in Connecticut workers pockets (1)
- Historic tax credits are redeemed after the entire project is completed and the work is approved by the State Historic Preservation Office.
- Even before a project is completed, the city and state receive a return on investment through job creation, permit fees and payment of sales tax on materials.
- The tax credit has been used extensively to promote the redevelopment of long vacant buildings which, in turn, revitalizes neighborhoods and towns and increased local tax revenues.
- Submit written testimony to the Commerce Committee (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) before noon on Thursday urging their support of this legislation (click here for a public testimony template for this bill)
- Email the members of the Commerce Committee urging them to support this bill. (Go to https://www.cga.ct.gov/ce/ and click on Committee Membership for links to Committee Members legislative pages and Contact Me links)
- Contact your Senator and Representative to let them know that Historic Tax Credit program is critical to the economic health of all the cities and towns in Connecticut.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUNDING RESTORED
. . . for now
Word was received late February 15 that Community Investment Act (CIA) funding will be restored. Unfortunately, our past experience has been that funds end up being swept into the General Fund later in the budget process.
This is just the beginning of the biennial budget process Over the next four months, the Appropriations and Finance Committees and legislative leaders will begin crafting a biennial budget that will require the support of both chambers and Governor Malloy. We must continue to protect the CIA from any additional cuts.
We also strongly suggest that you communicate your support for full CIA funding to your local Senator and House Representative as cuts to CIA funding impact every city and town in Connecticut.
- Download our 2017 Top Ten Endangered List and select any or all of the nine (9) properties listed
- Take a photo of the properties including your HARTBomb Valentine or a This Place Matters poster
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS* & WIN A PRIZE!
- Share on Instagram with hashtags #hartbomb, #hartford, #thisplacematters AND/OR
- Facebook with hashtag #hartbomb and tag Hartford Preservation Alliance in photo
- *Sharing your photo with #hartbomb implies permission for the Hartford Preservation Alliance to use your image in future content and publicity
PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR
- Best Photo
- Best original HARTBomb Valentine design
- Take a photo of all nine (9) properties and be entered to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant
Our mission is to revitalize the historic fabric of Hartford,
connect us to our heritage and
collaborate to impact community economic development
by providing historic preservation and revitalization technical assistance, education and advocacy for those who live and work in Hartford.
HPA Executive Director Frank Hagaman presented Historic Preservation: The Foundation for Community Economic Development at the 2013 TEDx Bushnell Park event.