New Britain's TOD Plan
'Invest in a City that invests in itself'
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is mixed-use development that is fully integrated with transit, where development prioritizes pedestrians and connections to transit in uses and design. TODs are vibrant, dense, compact, and unique places where pedestrians are encouraged to walk or ride between transit and their various destinations through the creation of safe and inviting environments. TOD areas strive to balance live, work, and play opportunities in order to foster activity at all times of day, on all days of the week.
Because of historical development patterns, each of New Britain’s station areas presents unique opportunities to strike a balance between these three aspects of a successful TOD. Downtown is well poised to balance the live-work-play equation due to its significant employers; arts, culture, entertainment, and recreation assets; and the history of and potential for housing in and around this location. The prevalence of residential development and the location of the multi-use trail in the East Main Street area provide a foundation in the live and play aspects of TOD that can be strengthened. Finally, the East Street location and its proximity to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) impart a “college town” flavor to the live-work-play equation.
In November of 2016, New Britain began a well thought out and ambitious redevelopment plan to help spur economic development in the community to help improve the quality of life for residents, visitors, and businesses. The plan relies heavily on the growing demand for transportation in our state, and with close proximity to the CTfastrak Busway, stretching from New Britain to Hartford, professionals can live, work, and be entertained in a growing city, while also having easy access to transpiration.
The following pages will go into more detail in regards to the “TOD” plan the city has been proactive on in the last few years. With three CTfastrak stations in the confines of New Britain, each surrounding area offers a multitude of opportunities for development. From retail, to housing, to restaurants, to office space, the City of New Britain and Milone & MacBroom came together to determine what developments would suit the city best in the quest for a better New Britain.
The full TOD plan can be read by clicking on the link below: