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Building needs to be torn down -
If you click on the "hybrid" button on the map, you can get a better look at which building it is by zooming in the the plus button in the upper left corner.
And yes that building at the corner of Main and Trumbull is an eyesore and has been for years. It's practically the gateway to the city as well because the highway traffic arrives nearby. It attracts graffiti and other street level nuisances.
It appears to be a prime real estate location, though the amount of traffic that passes it may hurt the value somewhat or limit its uses.
Last I saw on this was minutes from the Hartford Redevelopment Agency's June 2009 meeting, when it approved the decision to enter a memorandum of understanding with the property owner. (PDF of minutes here, with interesting discussion: http://bit.ly/7rZbBD)
The idea, as far as I understood it, was to take 90 days to examine the property and the leases on the associated parking lot, and consider what would be a fair price for a "friendly acquisition." If they can't come to an agreement, the city has the grounds for an eminent domain taking.
The Hartford Redevelopment Agency (HRA) is seeking to acquire the above referenced property located in the Agency's Downtown North Redevelopment Project Area. Upon acquisition of the property, the plan is to complete the remaining abatement work on the property and demolish the building. At this time, any issues regarding the condition of the property should be addressed to the current ownership. The assessor's ownership information can be found web address is listed below.
Glenn E. Geathers
Neighborhood Project Manager
City of Hartford
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