The Sheldon-Carter Oak neighborhood residents are hopeful that an eyesore, which has been looming in the area for the last 30 years, will finally be renovated and beautified. The Capewell Horse Nail Company factory has been nothing but a decaying building with boarded windows and chain-link fences surrounding the exterior. This factory stands 3 stories tall, and its massive size that once filled the area with jobs and mass production, now only rots away before Hartford’s eyes.
However, the Corporation for Independent Living might be this building’s, and this neighborhood’s, knight in shining armor. The CIL has secured 26 million dollars in private and public funds to begin renovations on this building. These renovations will turn the rundown factory into 72 studio, one to two bedroom apartments and about 5,500 square feet of office space. The CIL expects to have all the funds by July and hopes to begin construction in August. If all goes according to plan the apartments could be open by the beginning of 2016.
The building will mostly be returned to the same look that it had when it was still a functioning factory. The only exterior difference will be aluminum windows, rather than wooden. Many of the apartments will have lofted bedrooms because of the 20 foot tall ceilings, and there will be a billiard, exercise, and a community meeting rooms on the first floor.
Recently, in 2010, a plan to renovate the factory fell short when a key investor backed out at the last second. After this the property fell into foreclosure.
This new plan will reflect the growth in the area, and further encourage its growth. If you live in the Hartford area and are planning on moving into a new apartment or home, your local moving company can help you get to where you need to go. All My Sons is committed to helping Hartford grow, and gain strength as a city.