Hartford firm tapped to partner with Middletown to develop prized lots near river

The city has chosen a firm to be part of a public/private partnership to redevelop three parcels at the site of the former municipal garage near the Connecticut River. These “opportunity zones” are located on a total of 3.5 acres at 60 Dingwall and 195 deKoven drives, and at the rear of 222 Main St., something officials have described as prime real estate. The original request for qualifications sent out two years ago solicited only two applicants, Acting Director of Economic and Community Development Bobbye Knoll Peterson explained, so the city issued another, which drew five developers. Those were narrowed down to a final three, which were recommended to the mayor, she said. The project would initially kick off efforts to reconnect the city to the riverfront, which was cut off with the construction of Route 9, the deputy mayor said.


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