Transit Oriented Arts District


Suisman recently completed a master plan for Parkville, a developing arts district anchored in an industrial area of Hartford.  A key stakeholder in the area is Real Artways, a community based arts institution looking to improve its physical relationship to the neighborhood around it.  Most importantly, it was looking to establish an improved connection to a recently completed station of the Connecticut FastTrack bus rapid transit line.  The plan calls for a mix of uses including a range of housing types, gallery space, commercial space, public open space, and pedestrian linkages over the bus and train corridor to link both sides of the district to each other and to the station.  The plan also features a new gateway corridor lined with shops and gallery space that repositions Real Artways’ public front door from the middle of the block to a prominent intersection across the street from the Parkville  station.