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Krohn adding 20 downtown apartments in New Britain

May 13th, 2019

Greg Seay  Hartford Business Journal May 13, 2019

Downtown New Britain will add 20 more apartments through landlord Avner Krohn's planned makeover of one of his center-city properties.

Mayor Erin Stewart said Krohn's Jasko Development will remodel the historic Andrews Building, 132 Main St., where four commercial floors will be converted to 20, one-bedroom apartments, sized 500 square feet to 700 square feet.

The city of New Britain, the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, and utilities provider Eversource are listed as partners in the project.

Krohn said the project, to be completed in the first quarter of 2020 for an unspecified investment, includes space in the basement and first floor for two to three bars/restaurants.

Counting living units being added in the first phase of the Columbus Commons development later this year, downtown New Britain is adding more than 100 new housing units downtown.

"As more companies and development takes root in downtown New Britain, we are seeing an increased demand for housing for working professionals," Stewart said in a statement.

Designed by architect William Caldwell and built in 1903, the five-story, 28,473-square-foot building's exterior features yellow brick, limestone, and terra cotta. Interior features include hardwood floors, fireplaces and high ceilings.

It is named for then furniture retailer John A. Andrews.

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