City leaders to gather for grand opening of new downtown apartment building where Houdini once performed

Published on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 16:02
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – City leaders will gather for the grand opening of the new “Bespoke” apartment building located at 132 Main St. next Thursday.

The ribbon cutting event will unveil 20 new apartments in the historic Andrews building with Mayor Erin Stewart, developer Avner Krohn, Economic Development Director Bill Carroll and other officials in attendance.

Last month, New Britain-based JASKO Development completed its renovation of the building where four floors were converted from commercial space to one-bedroom apartments to meet the growing demand for downtown housing.

“We are proud of the work that JASKO Development put into historically renovating the Andrews building,” Stewart said. “We look forward to welcoming new residents to their home downtown.”

Avner Krohn, managing partner of JASKO, says the units will appeal to individuals seeking “luxury” housing featuring high-end, distinctive finishes and other touches. He describes the décor as being “early 1900s Prohibition era.” The five story, 28,473-square-foot building featuring yellow brick, limestone and terra cotta, was constructed in 1903 and features hardwood floors, fireplaces and high ceilings.

The rents will be 20 to 30 percent lower than comparable units in Hartford and surrounding towns, according to the city. Leasing for the apartments is now underway.

The building is the site where in the 1920’s famed magician Harry Houdini performed one his great escapes while dangling high above Main Street. The building was designed by architect William Cadwell and bears the name of John A. Andrews, who sold furniture. Krohn said the project will also include space in the basement and first floor for two to three bars or restaurants.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 16:02. Updated: Wednesday, 1 July 2020 16:05.