Lawmakers announce approval of funding for new Columbus Commons housing construction

April 27, 2017

State Rep. Rick Lopes, D-New Britain, joined the other members of New Britain’s legislative delegation to announce the 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 Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) approved $16 million in equity funding today, which will allow construction to begin on this project.

“After being awarded $16 million in funding, the Columbus Commons project, which was proposed more than a year ago, is set to become a reality. This development promises to be a flagship facility,” Lopes said. “Not only will it revitalize New Britain’s downtown, but it will also serve as a space for the community to gather. It is vital that we continue to invest in our local infrastructure to gain new residents, job opportunities and sources of revenue.”

“This is something that I have been working on for some time now, and I’m just thrilled that we will finally see this project come to fruition,” said state Sen. Terry Gerratana, D-New Britain. “Growing the transit-oriented district around CTFastrak is exactly what New Britain needs to grow our economy and move the city forward. Additionally, the city desperately needs to expand its housing stock, and Columbus Commons will greatly help us do that.”

“It is encouraging to receive news that the Columbus Commons project is moving forward,” said state Rep. Bobby Sanchez, D-New Britain. “The anticipation to seeing this complex completed has been building up and we are thrilled to see funding allocated to keep it going. This development will enhance the appeal and prosperity of our city by creating an area that utilizes smart design to create a family-friendly, walkable neighborhood.”

“I’m so pleased we got this money approved. This project is an important part of New Britain’s future success,” said state Rep. Peter Tercyak, D-New Britain. “Betty Boukus should be smiling from heaven right now. She worked very hard to secure the bonding that made this project possible.”

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.