Investors Betting on Hartford: Pratt Street Developers Acquire Major Stake in Four Downtown Apartment Buildings; More Retail a Priority
DECEMBER 21, 2020 • BY KENNETH R. GOSSELIN
"Two partners in the redevelopment of Pratt Street in downtown Hartford are teaming up again in the purchase of a major stake in four downtown apartment buildings branded under the Spectra name, including three at the corner of Pearl and Trumbull streets. [...]"
Pearl Street Apartments Riding Latest Wave of New Rentals in Downtown Hartford
JUNE 16, 2019 • BY KENNETH R. GOSSELIN
"The first tenants are expected to begin moving into the first half of the Spectra Pearl apartment conversion, 101 rentals at 111 Pearl St., in the next two weeks [...] The conversion is part of a larger, $50 million project that will later join 111 Pearl to the neighboring, 12-story, 95-101 Pearl to create a total of 258 market-rate apartments."
Spectra Wired Café Opens Bar5, A Patio And Beer Garden In Downtown Hartford
JUNE 28, 2018 • BY ALISON KUZNITZ
"By 6 p.m., a crowd of about 30 people — many with badges still clipped to their work attire — gathered for the official summer kickoff on June 27 of Bar5, the newly opened outdoor space that’s part of Spectra Wired Café. 'This is something Hartford has not seen yet,' says Julie Demario, the café’s general manager."
Spectra Developers Will Add 258 Apartments On Prominent Downtown Hartford Corner
APRIL 09, 2018 • BY KENNETH R. GOSSELIN
"The $50 million conversion of the two buildings is the latest in a push to add housing downtown to boost vibrancy in a city that has struggled to build foot traffic in the evenings and on weekends. [...] The developers of the Pearl Street project — New York firms Girona Ventures and Wonder Works Development and Construction Corp — remain bullish on Hartford since embarking on their first project in the city in 2011.
Downtown Apartment Developers In Agreement To Buy Trumbull On The Park
SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 • BY KENNETH R. GOSSELIN
"The New York firms of Girona Ventures and Wonder Works Construction and Development Corp. have agreed to purchase Trumbull on the Park, built in 2005 and containing 100 rentals. [...]
If the purchase of Trumbull on the Park is successful, Girona and Wonder Works would add a fourth, high-profile building to their downtown porfolio."
Spectra Wired Cafe Opens In Downtown Hartford
SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • BY REBECCA LURYE
"Spectra Wired Cafe will have a soft opening on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The new cafe features coffee, smoothies, paninis, sandwiches, soups, pastries, cookies and much more. [...] With the opening of Spectra Wired Cafe on Thursday, Constitution Plaza apartment-dwellers now have a cafe as swanky as their luxury digs."
Tenants Welcome: Hartford, Suburbs Headed For Apartment Building Boom
MARCH 9, 2014 • BY KENNETH GOSSELIN & JULIE STAGIS
"The primary market for units in On the Plaza will be young professionals — singles and couples without children — who work downtown. He expects the lease up to take a year, and he doesn't expect much of a demand from workers in the suburbs."
Conversion Of Long-Vacant Sonesta Building Begins In Earnest
DECEMBER 12, 2013 • BY KENNETH GOSSELIN
"The conversion is expected to create 54 studios, 118 one-bedroom units, seven one bedrooms with a den, and 14 two-bedroom units. Of the 193 units, 32 are rent restricted based on income and the rest are market-rate."
The Constitution Plaza Hotel — Historic?
MARCH 20, 2012 • BY KENNETH GOSSELIN
"...When it was purchased last year by Girona Ventures and Wonder Works Construction and Development Corp., it had been vacant for at least 15 years under the ownership of the Maharishi Global Development Fund. It had decayed into an eyesore at a critical gateway to the city across the Founders Bridge..."