The Design Committee provides an opportunity for community residents, merchants, and stakeholders to interface with state, regional, and local officials to offer feedback on the full-depth reconstruction of Albany Avenue, comprehensive street-scape, and on-street parking designs. Working in a designated historic district, the Design Committee advocates zoning and design standards concordant with the rich history of Upper Albany. The Design Committee convenes monthly to organize officials involved in the Route 44 Safety Improvement Project and other projects that affect the commercial district. The Committee aims to minimize disruption of commercial activities resulting from construction on the Route 44 Safety Improvement Project and the MDC Sewer Separation by keeping business owners informed on a regular basis.
Upper Albany Main Street’s Design Initiatives seek to integrate information from community stakeholders, engineering and redevelopment partners, and our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database to develop a comprehensive plan for Upper Albany neighborhood development. UAMS encourages a safer, pedestrian-friendly, commercial district with distinctive streetscape and façade improvements that will enhance the commercial district. The comprehensive plan will feature major redevelopment projects, conceptual streetscape designs, and parking solutions to advance the revitalization of Upper Albany.
Route 44 Commercial Facade Program
The Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS) received funding to coordinate a multi-year project that will design and create attractive and code-compliant facades for commercial structures along Albany Avenue and Homestead Avenue in North Hartford. This redevelopment and beautification initiative will complement and enhance the larger-scale Albany Avenue Streetscape to be undertaken by various State and City of Hartford agencies. The end result of the Facade and Streetscape projects will be a restored and vibrant Gateway to the City of Hartford from the western suburbs.
UAMS proposes two phases for the Commercial Facade Project. Phase I will inventory and assess needs of commercial structures along Albany and Homestead Avenues.
Route 44 Safety Improvement Project
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) has approved more than $13 Million for a full-depth reconstruction of Albany Avenue in the Upper Albany neighborhood under the Route 44 Safety Improvement Project for the 2007 Budget year. Learn more about proposed changes to traffic flow, parking, and engineering issues at the monthly Design Committee meetings held at the Artist’s Collective.
Albany Avenue Branch Library
In 2011, the new 8,000 square foot Albany Avenue Branch Library facility (a branch of the Hartford Public Library) was constructed at the corner of Albany and Blue Hills Avenues. This branch is a part of a “campus” that connects with the Artists Collective, and the John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center. Part of that “campus” idea is a renewed vision of how to strategically use Keney Park and how to find new uses for the Martin Luther King Elementary School and the Lewis Fox Middle High School buildings. Learn more about the project and progress at the monthly Design Committee meetings held on the 2nd Thursday of each month, at 10:00 a.m., at the Artists Collective.