Eastside NRZ discusses blight reporting protocol

Published on Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:26
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - The Eastside Neighborhood Revitalization Zone met Thursday night and discussed ways it deals with blight complaints.

Julie Swan, president of the Eastside NRZ, said the NRZ sends a letter to property owners when it identifies a potentially blighted property.

She said she is working with Sergio Lupo, director of the city’s Health Department and Margaret Malinowski of the Economic Development Department on another letter, which will describe what the NRZ is and what it does.

“It will state what the ordinances are, give them a chance to clean it up or ‘If you need help, give us a call,’” she explained.

Swan said giving property owners or managers a chance to fix problems before city officials are contacted will help ease the workload on city departments and also help strengthen relationships between homeowners and business operators in the area, Swan said.

Keeping with the theme of unity in the neighborhood, Ward 2 Alderman Kristian Rosado said he’s asking business owners in the neighborhood to come to a future NRZ meeting to introduce themselves.

“They’re willing to come in and talk to the NRZ for those who want to ask questions or want to hear from them on how they go about doing their business,” Rosado said.

The NRZ was also introduced to some of the new members of the Common Council.

Ward 2 Alderman Brian Keith Albert told residents to not be afraid to contact the city with concerns.

“The person in charge of public works is Mark Moriarty and he is a nice man and he is concerned about the residents,” Albert said.

The Eastside NRZ meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Stanley Memorial Fountain of Life Church, 639 East St.

The Arch Area NRZ meets at 5:45 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in the community room of the New Britain Police Department.

The North Oak NRZ meets at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at a variety of locations.

Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at sfrazer@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:26. Updated: Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:29.