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New Britain revitalization plan moves forward

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City officials unanimously vote to enter negotiations with developer on plan to revitalize downtown New Britain (WFSB) City officials unanimously vote to enter negotiations with developer on plan to revitalize downtown New Britain (WFSB)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

A plan to revitalize downtown New Britain took another step forward.

The city's common council voted unanimously on Wednesday night to pursue the project.

Mayor Erin Stewart said she will now enter negotiations on a sale price with a New York developer to get the project moving.

"I really do believe that this is going to be the catalyst project that takes off the redevelopment of downtown New Britain," Stewart said.

It is centered on the parcel of land on Columbus Boulevard.

The project is located where the old police station used to stand and right across from CTFastrak.

The development would be called Columbus Commons.

Lawmakers are hoping the new $58 million project would bring a mix of restaurants, shops and apartments.

It would be the largest private development New Britain has seen in decades, according to officials.

The land has been appraised at about $200,000. The mayor has said the project itself could take about five years to complete.

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