January 9, 2019

W. Hartford OKs $60M convent redo into apartments

Rendering | Contributed
Rendering | Contributed
A rendering of One Park Place at 27 Park Road in West Hartford.

West Hartford late Tuesday approved a rescaled, $60 million plan to remake a convent property into 330 living units on the Hartford border.

Following a 2-hour overview of the project by developer Martin Kenny and his team, the Town Council unanimously approved his redevelopment proposal, which includes 294 new apartments and the renovation of 36 existing rooms.

Kenny said no start date for construction of One Park Place has been set, but will take 18 to 22 months to complete.

Most of the new 294 apartments will be one bedrooms, with rents starting at $1,500 per month. The rest will be two- and three bedrooms, priced $2,300 to $2,500 per month. A previous developer's plan was for mostly two-bed units in a much larger development that was to be called Arcadia Estates.

One Park Place will offer 294 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments vs. 310 for Arcadia Also, parking has been shaved to 441 units of surface and covered spaces.

Under both plans, active and retired nuns would occupy apartments in a building in one part of the property, while living units located in a separate building would be leased to market-rate residents.

Design schematics prepared by Hartford's Amenta Emma Architects depict masonry-clad structures, with the newer buildings designed to compliment the historic look of the campus' chapel and older structures. Many of the apartments will have balconies.

Last February, representatives for the Sisters confirmed that Arcadia Crossing had fallen back to square one, and was seeking a new development partner. That is when Kenny's group swooped in.

The Sisters' ownership of the campus dates to 1898.

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