Mobile Workshop: Improving Quality of Life in Hartford’s Northern Neighborhoods - An Inside Look

APA Connecticut Chapter


Friday, October 19, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 12:30 p.m. EDT

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Join this mobile workshop for an exciting inside look at community building, neighborhood revitalization, and adaptive reuse, as we visit the headquarters of two organizations aiming to improve opportunity and quality of life for residents in one of the most economically-challenged areas in Connecticut. Community Solutions and the North Hartford Partnership are in the midst of coordinating a $34 million transformation of the former M. Swift & Sons Gold Leaf Factory in Hartford’s North End neighborhood into a vibrant community hub for employment and local entrepreneurship. Chrysalis Center, Inc., a non-profit housing developer and social services agency, located in the former Sealtest Milk bottling plant straddling Hartford’s Upper Albany and Asylum Hill neighborhoods, has created spaces for job training programs, a fresh food pantry and café on their campus. Come learn about the wonderful work they are doing from the organization leaders themselves! Bus transportation will be provided from the Convention Center. The tour entails walking once at the sites.


Patrick McKenna

Invited Speaker

As a Senior Project Manager of Community Solutions, Patrick is responsible for the day to day management of the real estate development activities from concept to construction completion for the Hartford, CT projects as part of the Inspiring Places team. Prior to Community Solutions, Patrick worked as an architect for ... Read More

Adria Giordano

Invited Speaker

Having recently joined the Center in May of 2018, Adria brings more than 20 years of extensive development and nonprofit experience, which includes collaborating with individuals, foundations, government agencies, and nonprofit partners. In her role as Director of Development, Ms. Giordano is be responsible for leading and expanding the Center ... Read More

Sharon Castelli

Invited Speaker

Ms. Castelli, who is celebrating her 31st year anniversary with Chrysalis Center in August, has served as the organization's leader since 1999. In addition to providing executive leadership to an organization that transforms the lives of over 4,000 individuals and their families annually, she has simultaneously transformed the ... Read More

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