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‘We are building our neighborhood’

Hartford Courant — Bea Powell, the chairwoman of the Clay Arsenal Revitalization Association, had a message for the six families that are moving into the three new, two-family homes in the Hartford neighborhood.

“The Clay Arsenal NRZ has a motto: ‘We are building our neighborhood,’” she said Monday during the ribbon cutting of the three homes at 70, 72 and 76 Edwards St. in Hartford. “That means you are part of it now. So don’t shy back. We need you. We need your commitment. That is how we build our neighborhood. We need your involvement. That is how we build a neighborhood. And, most of all, it is with love and kindness to your neighbors.”

The three new homes — constructed by Naek Construction Co. (as Edward Street Housing LLC) through $800,000 in federal HOME funds distributed by the city’s DDS Housing Division, a $717,900 construction loan from Capital for Change and $305,000 in developer’s equity — will be occupied by first-time homeowners on the ground levels. The upstairs units will be rented out by the homeowners as an additional income stream to assist with their mortgage payments. Read More

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