For a revitalized New Britain, look to the past

A 1911 postcard of East Main Street in New Britain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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Dr. Leah Glaser, associate professor of history at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and CCSU history students have been working on a project that helps keep New Britain’s heritage alive while encouraging urban revitalization.

Last spring semester, students interned at the New Britain Department of Public Works, creating informative signage for historical buildings in New Britain. Additionally, the group kicked off the process to get New Britain’s Downtown District added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Fifteen signs are slated to be up by the fall. Dr. Glaser hopes to add additional signs, as there are many other historic landmarks in New Britain. She is also looking to bring students in on a proposed web component for the project.

Historic designation can also help in revitalize New Britain’s downtown. Once a property is officially declared to be of historic importance, developers can seek a 20% tax credit from the National Park Service’s Technical Preservation Services Program.

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