Despite supply chain, other issues, Salvatore remains bullish on Hartford as North Crossing development’s first phase debuts

Developer Randy Salvatore’s ongoing effort to build around 1,000 apartments just north of Hartford’s downtown was buffeted in 2022 by labor shortages, supply chain difficulties and interest rate hikes. A court challenge has stopped him from breaking ground on the next phase of development. The first phase of Salvatore’s broader North Crossing development around the ballpark was initially expected to debut before the first pitch of the Yard Goats’ 2022 spring season. Instead, supply chain holdups and labor shortages delayed the opening of the first 270-unit apartment building — dubbed “The Pennant” — until August. Centerplan’s suit — which contends it was unjustly fired and still has rights to build on the lots — gained new life in May, when the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered a new trial. Centerplan has sought an injunction against additional construction, at least temporarily delaying further progress on the North Crossing development.

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