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Building on Success: Hartford’s Stonington Acres


Emily Wolfe, deputy director of Sheldon Oak Central, recalls that Stonington Acres was originally created for families displaced when Front Street was razed to build Constitution Plaza. In 1993, it became Sheldon Oak’s first collaboration with the neighborhood organization Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood (CSS/CON), helping to rehabilitate the then distressed Dutch Point area. By 2015, with development booming in the neighborhood, it was time for a facelift on Sheldon Oak’s oldest property. Local Initiatives Support Corporation

“Our development accomplished exactly what you always hope it will, transforming problem properties into a desirable neighborhood where residents can have a stake in the revitalization. This is the history of Hartford encapsulated in one development, a textbook case of what we hope will continue to happen.” - Emily Wolfe

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When and where: Located at 134 Stonington Street, just south of Hartford’s downtown, the complex is on a quiet cul-de-sac. Built in the 1960s during urban renewal and first remodeled in 1993, its new renovation was completed in 2015. It faces historic Colt Park with its many amenities, and is convenient to schools.

What: The rental complex of 45 units includes two and three bedrooms for families earning 50-80% of the area median income. It offers redesigned kitchens and better handicapped access, along with high performance insulation, energy efficient heating/cooling and rain water retention systems.

Why and how: LISC provided several capacity building grants and technical assistance to Sheldon Oak, along with annual operating support through the Hartford Neighborhood Development Support Collaborative.

Who: Funders and investors for this development were the City of Hartford, Connecticut Department of Housing, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Eversource, Red Stone Equity Partners and TD Bank. We sincerely thank them all for their support of this important effort.

Thanks to the funders who support LISC’s work in Hartford:

Bank of America
Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation
Bissell Foundation
Charles Nelson Robinson Fund
Citizens Bank
City of Hartford – CDBG
Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development
Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA)
Ensworth Charitable Foundation
Farmington Bank
First Niagara Bank
Fisher Foundation
The Fund for Greater Hartford
George and Grace Long Foundation
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
JP Morgan Chase
People’s United Community Foundation
Prudential Santander Bank
TD Charitable Foundation
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
United Way of the Central and Northeastern Connecticut
Webster Bank