Join our 2024-25 Board!

 

The South Downtown NRZ has openings for Board Members in the following categories: Residential Tenant, Property Owner, Social Services representative, and Business Owner.

Elections are Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 6:00 pm during our Annual Meeting.

Any member of the SoDo NRZ can run for Board elections. Membership in the SoDo NRZ requires that an individual 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. Board Terms are three years, and we request that Board members attend and actively participate in meetings and events, and have a non-partisan interest in improving the quality of life in our neighborhood. We meet on the third Wednesday of the month, September through June. Click here for more information about the NRZ and the neighborhood boundaries.

Nominees should send a brief paragraph about themselves and why they are interested in joining the SoDo NRZ Board to SoDoNRZ@gmail.com by 5 pm Friday, June 7.


May Meeting, Outreach Campaign, Neighborhood News

 

Lilacs and ivy on Buckingham. Photo by Robin Zaleski

Warm spring days bring lilacs to our neighborhood and the beginning of a new season of great outdoor events in our capital city. Not sure what is happening when? Visit our “Things To Do” page, or the Hartford.com website.

Our newly formed Community Outreach Working Group has already met twice to discuss and plan a campaign to engage more of our neighbors. A welcome/info kit, marketing materials, door-knocking, and social activities are all being developed for this campaign. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above, send an email to sodonrz@gmail.com. All are welcome! Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue (enter through the small white building to the right of the main church.) Or join us via Zoom. Our guest speaker will be Chavon Campbell from the Mayor’s newly-formed Office of Violence Prevention. Click here for the Agenda.

UPDATE: A recording of the meeting is available on our Google Drive.

Are you interested in taking a more active role in our neighborhood? We have openings on our Board as well as our Social, Community Outreach, and Neighborhood Planning Committees. Please consider joining your neighbors in improving our community. For more information, send an email to sodonrz@gmail.com.

April Hybrid Meeting + Neighborhood News

Cherry Blossoms on Capitol Avenue. Photo by Rebecca Morris.

Click here for this month's newsletter.

Snow, an earthquake, an eclipse, a UConn Championship… April, you sure have been busy!

While the Mayor was unable to attend last month’s meeting, we still had a great turnout and some lively discussions about plans for Bushnell South and South Green. Thank you to everyone who attended in person and online - we had hoped that adding Zoom to our in-person meetings meant more of you will join us, and so far we were right! We anticipate the momentum will continue, as there are many major projects planned for our community.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue (enter through the small white building to the right of the main church.) Or join us via Zoom. Here are the links to the Agenda and to join the MeetingUPDATE: A recording of the meeting is available on our Google Drive.

Are you interested in taking a more active role in our neighborhood? We have openings on our Board as well as our Social, Community Outreach, and Neighborhood Planning Committees. Please consider joining your neighbors in improving our community. For more information, send an email to sodonrz@gmail.com.

Main Street Traffic Signal Improvements



The City of Hartford in conjunction with the DOT is announcing the start of work on April 1, 2024, weather permitting, for the installation of traffic signal and pedestrian crosswalk improvements.

Project Locations:
• Main St. at Arch St. and Wells St.
• Main St. at Sheldon St. and Elm St.
• Main St. at Capitol Ave
• Main St. at Charter Oak Ave and Buckingham St.

The project consists of replacement and relocation of Concrete Pedestrian Ramps and installation of updated Pedestrian Crosswalk signals and appurtenances as well as traffic control signal improvements.

Lane Closure Info:
Roadway construction activity and roadway lane closures will occur during the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm.

Motorists are urged to obey the posted speed limit and proceed with caution through this and all other construction work zones.







 

March Meeting will be Hybrid, Mayor is Scheduled Guest

The daffodils are coming up and the vernal equinox is next week - Spring is coming! Last month was our first hybrid meeting using our new Owl camera and projector, acquired through the City and Hartford NEXT's Community Outreach funds. Thank you to everyone who attended in person and online - we had hoped that adding Zoom to our in-person meetings meant more of you will join us, and so far we were right! We anticipate the momentum will continue, as there are so many new projects planned for our community.

The scheduled guest* for our March meeting is The Honorable Arunan Arulampalam, Mayor of the City of Hartford. Bring your questions! 

We’ll meet Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue (enter through the small white building to the right of the main church.) Or join us via Zoom. Here are the links to join the Meeting and Agenda. UPDATE: A recording of the meeting is available on our Google Drive.

We look forward to catching up on neighborhood news with you!

*schedule permitting

Presentations from the February 2024 meeting

 


Our February guests shared updates on some of the developments that are in progress in our neighborhood. Copies of their presentations are available on our Google Drive

  • Spinnaker Real Estate: the soon-to-be-opened apartments at 55 Elm Street (blue star), and the parking lot at 63 Capitol Avenue (red star).
  • City Department of Economic Development: new apartments at 525 Main Street and plans for the empty lot behind it that faces Pulaski Circle (17 Wells Street, white star).
  • Greater Hartford Mobility Study also shared some highlights from their report.
A recording of the meeting is also available on our Google Drive.

February 2024 Meeting will be HYBRID!

 

Our February 21, 2024 meeting will be our first hybrid meeting using our new Owl camera and projector, acquired through the City and Hartford Next's Community Outreach funds. We hope more neighbors will be able to join us this way, especially as there are so many new projects planned for our community.

Our February guests from Spinnaker Real Estate and the City Department of Economic Development will share development updates on some of those projects that are already in the works: new apartments at 525 Main Street and the empty lot behind it that faces Pulaski Circle, the soon-to-be-opened apartments at 55 Elm Street, and the parking lot at 63 Capitol Avenue. Plus, representatives from the Greater Hartford Mobility Study will share some highlights from their report.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 21 at 6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hartford, 136 Capitol Avenue. Enter through the small white building to the right of the main church.  Or join us online on Zoom.

We look forward to catching up on neighborhood news with you!

Check out the rest of the February newsletter here.

(Photo above is of the late Ani Mal Chin on Hudson Street, during a past snowstorm.)