Developer Avner Krohn breathes new life into downtown New Britain

Developer Avner Krohn’s relationship with New Britain began about 15 years ago when he first saw the Andrews Building at 136 Main St. As Krohn, 40, embarks on his biggest New Britain project — a $14 million, luxury 107-unit apartment building at Main and Bank streets dubbed The Brit — he says his work in the Hardware City is far from done. The Brit, Krohn’s fifth project in downtown New Britain, will have that mix of ground-floor retail, including a restaurant, and apartments above. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, who described Krohn as an involved partner of the city, said she has high hopes for The Brit’s ability to draw in younger professionals. The city has provided Jasko with tax breaks and other incentives. Stewart said the tax incentives aid the developer and, in turn, tenants through lower rents. Eventually, tax deals help grow the grand list over time while also improving the neighborhood, she added.

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