June 2016 Update

Just in time for Summer, MDC work on Capitol Avenue between Main and Hudson is finally completed and the road has been repaved. Capitol Avenue will be a topic of discussion at our next meeting, which is also our Annual Meeting: Wednesday, June 15, 6 pm.

In addition to elections, there will be a presentation by Mike Freimuth of the Capitol Region Development Authority (CRDA) regarding potential future development of the parking lots on Capitol Avenue. We also hope to have updates on the Hartford Decide$ SoDo Community Garden Project and the basketball courts at Ramon Quiros Park on Hudson Street. Please note this month's meeting location is the CRDA Offices at the CT Convention Center.


The South Downtown NRZ is always looking for more SoDo residents, property owners and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in one of our open Board positions, volunteering for a project, or serving on a committee, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos.

May 2016 Update

Ah, spring, a time of renewal. Especially for a certain stretch of Capitol Avenue. The MDC recently shared a flyer stating that "lateral (pipe connection from [individual properties] to the new mainline) work will occur next week and the final restoration of sidewalks and road pavement will follow."

Speaking of renewal, with our Annual Meeting approaching, we have some NRZ Board members whose terms are up for re-election and some vacant spots. Specifically, we are looking for a Social Services representative and a Property Owner. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about , please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 18, 6 pm. Please note this month's meeting location is Holy Trinity Church (see blue box below). We hope to have updates on the Hartford Decide$ SoDo Community Garden Project and the basketball courts at Ramon Quiros Park on Hudson Street.
The South Downtown NRZ is always looking for more SoDo residents, property owners and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in one of our open Board positions, volunteering for a project, or serving on a committee, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos.

March 2016 Update

Despite a warmer-than-usual winter, it doesn't really feel like spring in SoDo until theGreater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade winds its way from the Capitol, through our neighborhood and into Downtown. Kudos to the City for a prompt cleanup of Saturday's confetti, candy wrappers, and other litter.

And thank you again to all the Hosts and Attendees for making the 5th Annual Downtown Hartford Progressive Dinner, Sponsored by SoDo NRZ another success. While the unseasonably warm weather may have lacked the drama of last year's snowstorm, the hint of spring added to the festive air as 50+ Downtown residents and SoDo members celebrated urban living, the walkability of our capital city, and neighborly camaraderie over good food and libations. Proceeds from the event will fund, among other things, SoDo's Sustainable Living Initiative for Buckingham Square ParkMany thanks to our Wine Partner Capital Spirits, our Beer Sponsor Hartford Prints, and our Dessert Partner 50 Elm Cafe. Photos here.
Our next meeting is this Wednesday, March 16, 6 pm. Our guest speaker will be from the Ramirez Summer Basketball League, which plays in SoDo at Ramon Quiros Park on Hudson Street. There will also be an an update on the Hartford Decide$ participatory budget initiative, specifically with regards to the SoDo Community Garden project, and upcoming voting. In addition, there will be a vote on providing a letter of support for the proposed development on the corner of Buckingham and Hudson Streets.

We meet at the 
Amos Bull House, 59 South Prospect Street (more info below). We are always looking for more SoDo residents, property and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in one of our open Board positions, volunteering for a project, or serving on a committee, please emailSoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos!

January 2016 Update

Happy New Year, SoDo! And thanks to all who came to 50 Elm Cafe for our Holiday Happy Hour in December. A great crowd (our biggest yet!) made for a great party that lasted for many happy hours. Cheers to our neighborhood, to our Capital City, and to good things in 2016.

Our next meeting is this Wednesday, January 20, 6 pm at the Amos Bull House, 59 South Prospect Street. Enter through the double glass doors and proceed to the second floor. There is parking nearby, or if you are walking, you can cut through from Main Street via the Butler-McCook House gardens. In addition to our neighborhood business, there will be a presentation by the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and we anticipate further discussion of the development of property at Hudson and Buckingham.

We are always looking for more SoDo residents, property and business owners to get involved in the NRZ. If you are interested in volunteering for a project or serving on a committee, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos!

PS - Next month is the SoDo NRZ's biggest fundraiser, the Downtown Hartford Progressive Dinner, Sponsored by SoDo. See below for general info and links to sign up to Host or Attend.

2016 Progressive Dinner

Photo from the reception at the 2015 Progressive Dinner

Sign up today for The Downtown Hartford Progressive Dinner, Sponsored by SoDoSaturday, February 20. This is our most popular event, our largest fundraiser, and a truly fun evening. Register as a Host or Attendee. Seats are limited - ask those who have been waitlisted in the past!

November 2015 Update

November is often seen as a mix of holiday preparations and hunkering down for the winter. But after municipal elections this month and amid construction all over the city, change and growth is in the air.

After the October meeting of the SoDo NRZ, the Board was polled by email with regards to sending a letter in support of the DPW's proposed plan for the redesign of Buckingham Square Park. Twelve members voted, 10 in favor and 2 opposed with specific reservations. A letter of support was sent to DPW with the request that the proposed design be modified so that pathways and points of entry/exit terminate at [existing, pedestrian-friendly] sidewalks on Main and Buckingham Streets.
The next meeting of the 2015-16 year will be Wednesday, November 18, 6 pm at The Amos Bull House, 59 South Prospect Street. Enter through the double glass doors and proceed to the second floor. There is parking nearby, or if you are walking, you can cut through from Main Street via the Butler-McCook House gardens. Many thanks to Connecticut Landmarks for hosting.

The SoDo NRZ Board has an opening for a new member who works, lives or represents a social service agency in SoDo. If you are interested in joining the Board, or volunteering for a project or serving on a committee, please email SoDoNRZ@gmail.com.

You can view past meeting minutes and newsletter editions on our website. And don't forget to check out our Facebook and NextDoor pages for neighborhood news and photos!

September 16 Meeting Cancelled

Please note the September 16 meeting of the SoDo NRZ has been CANCELLED due to the Mayoral Primary (all available meeting spaces are being used in connection with voting, and many board members are involved with campaigns).
Please join us for the October 21 meeting of the South Downtown NRZ. It will be our first meeting of the 2015-16 year, and there will be presentations by DPW and Noble Gas.