Simsbury rejects 432-unit housing development proposal at The Hartford’s former campus

After months of back and forth on a massive development proposed at the former site of The Hartford insurance company, the Zoning Commission voted to reject a project that would have included 432 rental units. The decision on Wednesday comes as a win to the many residents who had passionately voiced their opposition at numerous public hearings, saying that the construction of the project on Hopmeadow Street would ruin the area’s rural character and was not needed or wanted in town. Because the Silverman Group’s proposal as revised remains overwhelmingly a residential project, it simply does not go far enough in establishing the integrated mixed-use redevelopment of the South Hartford site and achieving the vibrant community that the town envisioned, according to the draft denial. The commission voted 5-1 to reject the proposal, but the Silverman Group still owns the land on Hopmeadow Street. Commission Chairman Bruce Elliott said Wednesday night he hoped to see them come back with a proposal that was more consistent with the zoning code.

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