New Britain Downtown Plan
New Britain, Connecticut was once a major industrial town, but like other cities in the northeast, today, much of the former industrial job base had disappeared, and suburban flight has left the downtown and adjacent neighborhoods devoid of their former vibrancy. Building on the recent development of arts-related and educational uses, the New Britain Downtown Plan is based on the notion that downtowns can once again be vibrant, compact, transit-oriented, mixed-use environments. Through the addition of substantial new residential development to the downtown district, comprehensive revitalization can take place and new, 24-hour populations will make streets feel safer and livelier, for both residents and commercial development that serves this new downtown population. In addition to 1,200 new units of downtown residential, the New Britain Downtown Plan proposes a series of new projects to strengthen the character of New Britain’s core.