Berlin’s $18M town center is latest project spurred by Hartford Rail Line

Just across the station’s parking lot, several hundred yards away, is a four-acre parcel the duo plans to redevelop into an $18 million mixed-use village, with 76 apartments and 19,000 square feet of medical office and commercial space they envision will include a restaurant and bar, coffee shop and other amenities to draw hungry and thirsty rail passengers and others from the region. The proposed five-building project is a textbook example of transit-oriented development (TOD), which state and local officials have been promoting in recent years, seeking to make economic hay from last June’s launch of the CTrail commuter service on the Hartford Line that connects New Haven to Springfield.

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