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Swift Factory

NORTH HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT

Once a hub for Hartford industry, the M. Swift and Sons gold leafing factory has stood vacant since 2005. Community Solutions is partnering with the community to revitalize the building, spurring job growth, economic development and community health in North Hartford. 

Overview

  • Redeveloping former industrial anchor as thriving community hub to create jobs and improve neighborhood health
  • Community-informed design process, including City of Hartford and multiple local partner organizations
  • Second place winners of 2015 U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities Economic Planning Challenge
  • Centerpiece of Hartford’s successful application for federal Promise Zone status for North Hartford area
  • Construction began in 2018

History

  • Former M. Swift & Sons Company gold leaf factory
  • Established in 1887, facility employed over 300 people at its peak
  • Shuttered in 2005, contributing to dramatic economic decline of surrounding area
  • Donated to Community Solutions for use in revitalization of North Hartford neighborhood

Design

Two anchor tenants:

  • Commercial Kitchen (13,700 sq. ft) – Food manufacturing space for locally-owned barbecue restaurant
  • Indoor Hydroponic Farm (36,000 sq. ft.) – Fresh produce for the region + educational and community programs

Additional Spaces:

  • Food Business Incubator (4,500 sq. ft.) – Commercial kitchen for training in culinary arts and food service
    • Affordable space and business support for food entrepreneurs
  • Shared Office Space (10,000 sq. ft.) – Share office and community space for local entrepreneurs and like-minded organizations

Leasing:

Contact Patrick McKenna to discuss leasing 

[email protected]
(860) 967-3750

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