After over a decade of planning the Hartford Community Loan Fund, with support from Affirmative Investments, received $8.5 million loan from the state of Connecticut’s bond commission to develop the City of Hartford’s second full-service grocery store. The $23 million supermarket project would anchor the “Healthy Hartford Hub.” Starting with the supermarket, a teaching kitchen, a café and parking, the hub would focus on providing shopping options for fresh foods and how to prepare them. The hub could later be expanded to include a pharmacy, medical clinic, exercise space and, possibly, housing. If all approvals and financing are secured, construction on the supermarket could start in a year, and take 18 months to complete. If successful, the development would end more than a decade of failed efforts.
AI is excited to supporting the City of Hartford and the HCLF in this important project, and is able to bring its experience and expertise from past projects, including Vicente’s Supermarket and Tropical Foods International to the development team. To read more on the project in the Hartford Courant, click here.