To The Editor:
2017 was a year of great progress for the City of New Britain, and it has set the stage for an even more exciting 2018. Over the past year, we have seen more than 15 new businesses open in New Britain, and even more have expanded. This has led to more jobs for our residents and an increase in our Grand List.
We launched a new marketing campaign, started construction on several city-wide infrastructure projects, and were named an All-America City for the second consecutive year. We have broken ground on many new developments, including the $58 million Columbus Commons project which will bring 160 available apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail business space at the site of our old police station.
In 2018, we’ll be working just as hard continuing to make New Britain the best that it can be.
We’ve begun working on the 2018-2019 budget as well as looking at our long-term finances to ensure that we are able to continue providing all the services and events you have come to expect for years to come. We will be finishing up construction on Columbus Boulevard and Hart Street, and beginning work on the Beehive Bridge.
A.W. Stanley Park will soon be undergoing major renovations, including building a brand new swimming pool that our children (and adults, too!) will be able to enjoy.
The construction project at Smalley School will soon begin. This will provide students in the North-Oak area with a state-of-the-art building to learn, and learn exceptionally well each day.
In the coming weeks we will be launching SeeClickFix, allowing residents to report pot holes, blight, or other issues directly from their smartphone or computer. These anonymous complaints will be sent to the respective City Departments and will notify the user when the issue is addressed.
We will continue hosting community events that so many of us enjoy - including the downtown Farmer’s Market, the Great American Boom, and Main Street USA.
I’m excited to see what 2018 will bring the City of New Britain. We’ll continue to move forward and build a brighter future. I thank all of you for being an integral part of our transformation.
As always, I encourage you to share your ideas with me by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or reaching out to my office at 860-826-3303.
Happy New Year!
Mayor Erin Stewart