June 2017

Whether your feelings are "It's June at last!" or "It's June already?", this month kicks off a busy Hartford summer of outdoor parties, festivals, concerts, and movies, some of which take place in or adjacent to SoDo and are highlighted below.

Do you have new neighbors? Do they know about the NRZ? Please share this newsletter with them so they can learn more about what is going on in SoDo. They can also sign up online here.

The Annual Meeting of your NRZ will be
 Wednesday, June 21 at 6 pm, at the Amos Bull House, 59 South Prospect Street, 2nd FloorBoard Elections will be held, and there will be brief presentations on the City's sustainability program and Hartford Food System. There will also be representatives from Catholic Charities for our continued conversation regarding adding a contained pharmacy to their property on Wadsworth Street. Please join us.



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.

SoDo Board and Elections



Interested in making our neighborhood better? 
The South Downtown NRZ has openings for three board members: 1 Residential Tenant, 1 Social Services representative and 1 Open* Elections are this Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at our Annual Meeting.

Any prospective Board member must (a) live in or, (b) own property in or, (c) own a business located in, or (d) represent a social services agency located in the South Downtown (SoDo) area. Click here for more information about the NRZ and the neighborhood boundaries.

To nominate yourself for election, please send a brief paragraph about yourself and why you are interested in joining to SoDoNRZ@gmail.com by 5 pm Tuesday, June 20.

*The Open position can be a Property Owner, Residential Tenant, Business Owner or Social Services Representative

Ground Floor Hartford 2017


Interested in opening or relocating a business to Downtown Hartford?
Business for Downtown Hartford (BFDH) in partnership with The Hartford Business Improvement District, the MetroHartford Alliance and City of Hartford invite you to Ground Floor Hartford Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
An open house and tour showcasing ground floor retail rental properties available in the Central Business District in Downtown Hartford. This event is FREE and open to the public. Stop by the informational hub located at 64 Pratt Street to pick up your map and directory of available properties.

Business development professionals, lenders, along with state and city officials will be on hand at the hub to consult with you. The first 100 registrants will receive a coupon to cap off the evening with a FREE drink at City Steam Brewery and Cafe, located at 942 Main Street, Hartford. To register to attend, visit www.bfdh.org

May 2017

The good news this month: our neighbor, Holy Trinity Church, was spared from the Archdiocese's list of parishes that will be closed or merged. The bad news this month: small fires broke out in two neighborhood restaurants, Sutra on May 2 andPeppercorn's on May 8. We've got our ear to the ground on when both of these eateries will reopen and ask that if you hear something please let us know on ourFacebook page or via emailWe'll share the news so we can all support these locally-owned businesses.

Do you have new neighbors? Do they know about the NRZ? Please share this newsletter with them so they can learn more about what is going on in SoDo. They can also sign up online here.

The next meeting of your NRZ will be
 Wednesday, May 17 at 6 pm, at the Amos Bull House, 59 South Prospect Street, 2nd Floor. Guest speaker will be Community Liaison and Hartford 311 Manager Alicia Graves, on the 311 reporting system and the status of issues reported in SoDo. There will also be two presentations by Catholic Charities regarding adding a day care center and a contained pharmacy to their properties on Wadsworth Street, and a discussion regarding a mural along Whitehead Highway. Please join us.


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 2017

While Winter Storm Stella's local aftermath may have canceled our March meeting, the neighborhood was out in full force at the SoDo Spring Happy Hourthe following week at Republic at The Linden. Thanks to all who turned out on a decidedly un-Spring-like Monday night to support the neighborhood, a local business, and Hartford Food System - we raised $148.00 in donations.

The next meeting of your NRZ will be
 Wednesday, April 19 at 6 pm, at the Hartford Public Library, Main Street. Our key discussion will be regarding Residential Parking Permits in SoDo, We also hope to have an update on our Hartford Decide$ Project, the Community Garden on Hudson Street. Please join us.


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.

Spring Happy Hour!


Celebrate the First Day of Spring with your neighbors!

Monday, March 20
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Republic at The Linden
10 Capitol Ave (near Main Street)
Cash Bar
$5 suggested donation at the door to benefit Hartford Food System

For those who are driving: on-street parking (free after 6 pm) and a paid lot on Linden Place. Pay via ProPark kiosk. Also see the restaurant's FB page for info on their free neighborhood parking in a nearby lot.

February 2017

Show our neighborhood some love! Be sure to help keep our sidewalks clear of snow and ice, move your car during parking bans (more on that below), dine locally during Restaurant Week (starts February 20), sign up for the Progressive Dinner or Spring Happy Hour, and, if you are looking for an opportunity to get involved locally, we welcome you as a volunteer, committee member, board member, or neighborhood meeting attendee.

The next meeting of your NRZ will be
 Wednesday, February 15 at 6 pm, at the Hartford Public Library, Main Street. Our featured speaker is Ruth Sovronsky of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, who will talk about the HSO's musician hosting program. We also hope to have an update on the timeline for potential Residential Parking Permits in SoDo, and our Hartford Decide$ Project, the Community Garden on Hudson Street. We hope to see you at Wednesday's meeting, rain, snow or shine.
Later this month is the SoDo NRZ's biggest fundraiser, the Downtown Hartford Progressive Dinner, Sponsored by SoDo. Now in its sixth year, this annual event brings residents of Downtown Hartford together to celebrate urban living, the walkability of our capital city, and neighborly camaraderie over good food and libations. Saturday, February 25, 5:30 pm. This is our most popular event and a truly fun evening. Sign up today, no tickets will be sold at the door and seats really are limited - ask those who were wait-listed the past few years!



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.