Monday, January 22, 2007

some good news for the greater hartford area

i didn't even know the university of hartford was planning an arts center. what a wonderful location too! the old thomas cadillac sight. it's close to the university and it will bring a much needed artistic jolt into the hartford area.

every sunday, we used to go to my noni's in south glastonbury for the italian sunday dinner (oh man but that woman could cook AND she taught me!). we used to drive by thomas cadillac and stop at mayron's bakery to pick up some pasteries or cakes to bring. so of course i have fond memories of the area

Arts Center Funds Pledged Rell Says University Will Get $4 Million

By JEFFREY B. COHEN Courant Staff Writer January 21 2007

The last promised piece of the funding puzzle needed to turn the old Thomas Cadillac site into the new University of Hartford Performing Arts Center has been put in place."This was the last big piece we needed," university President Walter Harrison said after learning that Gov. M. Jodi Rell plans a $4 million state contribution. "The exciting part of this project is that it combines a very important need that the university has with a very important need that the Hartford community has. It provides a really important spark to the North End of Hartford and its community."Rell announced Friday that the State Bond Commission is likely to approve the $4 million at its meeting later this month. In a press release, she called the site a "major community resource.""It will draw people to the neighborhood and will serve as an important catalyst for economic development," Rell said.The first phase of the approximately $30 million arts center project is a $21.5 million conversion of the former car dealership near the city's Upper Albany and Blue Hills neighborhoods.The remaining $17.5 million for the first phase has been raised from public, private and university contributions, Harrison said........

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