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Charter lands Front St. leasing

The 150,000 s/f, mixed-use project is being developed by the HB Nitkin Group.
The 150,000 s/f, mixed-use project is being developed by the HB Nitkin Group.

Charter Realty & Development Corp has been retained to lease a historic, mixed-use development in the Front Street District of downtown Hartford, CT.
The 150,000 s/f, mixed-use project, developed by the HB Nitkin Group, is occurring in three phases.
Phase one, which makes up roughly 65,000 s/f of the property, is completed and now open. It features such strong tenants as Spotlight Theaters, The Capital Grill, Ted’s Montana Grill, Infinity Music Hall & Grill, Nix Mate, and Qdoba. Additional retail space in this phase is currently available for lease.
Phase two of the project, will feature another 14,800 s/f of contemporary retail space, as well as 121 residential units. Phase two is expected to reach completion in 2015.
The third and final phase of the project will be the brand new University of Connecticut, Greater Hartford Campus.
The University is moving its West Hartford operations to this new, state-of-the-art location. It’s here that UConn plans to create an urban academic setting, fully intertwined with the nearby Hartford Public Library, Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut Science Center, and government offices.
The anchor structure of this campus will be the former Hartford Times Building, which will maintain it’s iconic façade.
Like phases 1 and 2, phase 3 also includes a retail element, which will provide daily amenities, services, and merchandise to the University students, faculty, and staff.
This third phase of construction was designed by renowned architect Robert AM Stern, and is expected reach completion in 2017.
The impact of the Front Street District development will be historic and lasting for Hartford. Job creation is a key component, as tremendous manpower will be required to construct, operate, and maintain the property. Hartford area construction contractors, local business owners/operators, and employees in retail and hospitality will be in high demand.
The rapidly growing consumer base is another encouraging component to the project’s impact. The adjacent Connecticut Convention Center and its venues, draw over a million visitors per year.
This combined with exceptional foot traffic and the presence of 3,500 University students, faculty, and staff, is expected to generate an incredible amount of economic activity in the capital city.
Charter Realty is acting as the landlord representative for the project.

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