Proposed East Hartford apartment complex wins another approval. What comes next?

East Hartford planners on Wednesday gave a key approval for redevelopment of a 26-acre property that could transform the Silver Lane corridor and bring nearly 440 upscale apartments to town. In a half-hour presentation, the partnership of Zelman Real Estate and Jasko Development announced the enormous project will have eight buildings with three and four stories along with a 10,000-square-foot amenities center with gym and pool. City leaders are looking for the redevelopment of the old Showcase Cinemas site to spur a revival of the dilapidated Silver Lane corridor. That section of town has been plagued in recent years by abandoned buildings, shabby and half-vacant plazas and the retreat of commercial tenants – most recently the closing of Stop & Shop. The Concourse Park property, about a mile from the National Development site, would become what development partner Avner Krohn called the best work-at-home residential project in central Connecticut.

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