Hartford eyeing acquisition, redevelopment of Ann Uccello St. properties

Joe Cooper

Published On August 06, 2020

The city of Hartford is looking to buy a pair of underutilized properties on Ann Uccello Street in an effort to market them for redevelopment opportunities.

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Hartford is hoping to buy and redevelop two properties at 522 and 532 Ann Uccello St.

Hartford has proposed to acquire the properties at 522 and 532 Ann Uccello St. from social services nonprofit House of Bread Inc. for $17,000, city records show, as part of a larger redevelopment project in the city's North End neighborhood.

Upon completion of the land sale, the city plans to market those properties along with other city-owned parcels at 1355 & 1359 Main St. for redevelopment.

The city's Department of Development Services has determined that its purchase of the Ann Uccello properties is a key component of the so-called Salvin Block project, records show. The development services office would work with Hartford's neighborhood revitalization zone (NRZ) program to review and provide input on the project.

Hartford's city council is expected to discuss the land acquisition at its next regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 10. The deal is also subject to review and recommendation by the city's planning and zoning commission.

Hartford's redevelopment plan is surfacing months after New York landlord-developer Shelbourne Global Solutions LLC, one of downtown’s most active landlords, acquired the Flatiron building at nearby 529-543 Ann Uccello St. and the lot at 525 Ann Uccello.

Shelbourne has said it plans to redevelop the three-story, brick edifice into new housing space, and called the purchase “an important component of our long-term plans to organically invest in the Capital City.”