East Hartford hopes to demolish a school and open a site for the development of single-family homes


East Hartford is preparing to move forward with the demolition of a dilapidated school building, with plans to sell the resulting 7-acre land for a development of single-family homes.

East Hartford Director of Development Eileen Buckheit called for the demolition of the old McCartin School at 70 Canterbury St. to be on Tuesday night’s city council agenda.

The 25,380-square-foot, 63-year-old former school had also served as a senior center before the city completed a new one in 2021. A 2016 analysis of McCartin’s reuse potential determined that it would be difficult to redirect the load of the school. – load-bearing walls. The only remaining tenant in the building is a YMCA daycare program, which is scheduled to move in March 2023.

“We have determined that the best use of the site is to remove the building and create between 10 and 15 lots for new single-family homes, which is consistent with the neighborhood,” Buckheit wrote in a summary for the council.

Buckheit says the city has about $500,000 in a demolition account, which is funded by state bond funds managed by the Capital Region Development Authority. The authority can handle the demolition for the city, as it did with the old Showcase cinemas. Buckheit hopes the demolition will be “far less” than the amount available, but that depends on a lot of unknowns, including the amount of hazardous building materials to be removed before demolition.

Buckheit’s plans to see demolition begin with the departure of the last tenant. She plans to seek out a developer through a request for proposals process.
“In the spring we will see who is interested,” Buckheit said.


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