Council to take up issues related to Columbus Commons project

Published on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 17:59
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN – With one of the two buildings in the city’s Columbus Commons project set to be completed next year, the Common Council has a few items related to the project on its agenda Wednesday night.

The Herald reported last week that the project was moving forward, though the order of the buildings being constructed changed. Currently, crews are simultaneously conducting environmental remediation and putting up the foundation of the first building. The Common Council is expected Wednesday to authorize the mayor to provide $5,724,000 million in funds from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development to the project’s developer by way of a loan.

Another item on Wednesday’s agenda will help new residents in the buildings find their parking spaces. If approved, the resolution would authorize the city to lease between 80 and 130 unassigned parking spaces in First Sergeant Henry J. Szczesny Parking Garage Xenolith Partners, LLC for use by Columbus Commons. The lease will last for a period of five years from the date of issuance of a certificate of occupancy at a rate of $20 per vehicle per month, payable in advance with an option to renew for another five years.

In other notable potential action Wednesday, the council will:

- Have an opportunity to override Mayor Erin Stewart’s Oct. 1 veto related to Paul Manafort Sr. Drive. In September, the Democratic majority on the council voted to change the name of Paul Manafort Sr. Drive to Ebenezer D.C. Bassett Way in honor of Central Connecticut State University’s first African American graduate. The Democratic majority of the council, nine members, will need one member of the council’s Republican caucus to vote for the override since ten votes are needed.

- Vote whether or not to authorize a $9,767 purchase order to Historical Perspectives Inc. related to Phase II of the city’s Stanley Loop Trail project. The first phase of the project was officially completed in September.

- Vote on a $274,400 purchase order to L. Holzner Electric Company to “modernize” the two elevators in City Hall.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 17:59. Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2018 18:02.