Hartford’s Real Art Ways plans nearly $15 million expansion, biggest in history of the arts organization

Real Art Ways, the contemporary arts center in Hartford, is embarking on what is expected to be a $14.7 million expansion — the largest in its 46-year history — starting with the purchase of the Arbor Street building where the organization has leased space for more than three decades. Will K. Wilkins, RAW’s executive director, said the organization has reached an agreement to buy the former Underwood typewriter factory at 56 Arbor St. in the city’s Parkville neighborhood for just over $4 million. The purchase, included in the overall expansion price tag, is expected to be completed by the end of the year, Wilkins said. The renovation and expansion project is expected to start by the fall of 2022 and be completed within two years. The $14.7 million price tag on the expansion is an estimate that will be refined in the coming months, with a clearer picture and timetable emerging by the spring, Wilkins said.


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