West Hartford Inn affordable housing project an ‘amazing opportunity,’ developer says

After considering opening a boutique hotel or market rate apartments, Brown, Vallone and the rest of WHI Camelot LLC settled on creating a mixed-income affordable housing development. Brown and his Honeycomb partner Steve Caprio, along with Vallone, the Simsbury-based Vesta Corporation and his brother Hagan Brown’s Avon-based Corridor Ventures, are planning to transform the property into 44 units of mixed-income affordable housing by renovating the hotel building and constructing a new building at the site of the restaurant, which most recently was occupied by Los Imperios. And housing — particularly the kind defined as affordable — is what West Hartford town leaders say they need more of right now. They recently set aside $6 million of its COVID relief funds to encourage developers to build more affordable units. Before Brown and his associates can break ground, the West Hartford Inn site will undergo remediation with the assistance of a nearly $1 million Brownfield state grant to help clean up the property, which has some environmental issues.


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