East Hartford looks for infusion of apartments and businesses to fuel ambitious revitalization plan

Looking to reverse decades of stagnation, East Hartford has embarked on an ambitious revitalization plan that encompasses hundreds of new apartments, massive redevelopment of Rentschler Field and the foundation for townwide 10-gig fiber optic Internet service. The 25-point plan includes millions of dollars of city investment in repairing deteriorated roads, aiding local business expansion, upgrading store facades in run-down retail plazas and revitalizing shuttered town buildings and schools. “2022 is starting to look like a very special year for East Hartford,” Walsh told The Courant on Wednesday. “I’m a firm believer that East Hartford’s glass is half full, not half empty. Residents are starting to feel a different vibe.” Walsh’s administration this year is starting on many of the 25 elements of the turnaround plan, dubbed the East Hartford Control Tower in a nod to its aerospace heritage.


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