NEW BRITAIN, CT – Dakota Partners, in partnership with Xenolith Partners and the city of New Britain, CT, has completed construction on phase 1 of Columbus Commons. This mixed-use project has transformed the formerly underutilized urban brownfield and previous site of the police station headquarters into a vibrant downtown, transit-oriented development.
In addition to 80 new apartment homes, Columbus Commons features 10,000 square feet of commercial storefront for local, small neighborhood businesses. Residents of the development will enjoy access to numerous facilities including a fitness center, community gathering space, and bike and tenant storage. Located in the heart of New Britain off of Columbus Blvd, this new community offers an attractive urban setting with convenient access to shopping, municipal services, and CTFasTrak making it an easy commute to Hartford and surrounding areas.
Designed by Paul B. Bailey Architect LLC, the new affordable housing community is six stories and was built according to Passive House standards — a set of energy efficient building principles that utilizes heavy insulation, airtight building envelope and heat-recovery ventilation systems to reduce overall energy consumption. According to the Passive House Institute US database, Columbus Commons is one of the first mixed-use, multi-family communities built to Passive House standards in the state of Connecticut.
A real estate developer and construction manager, Dakota Partners acquires and develops multi-family rental and condo communities across New England and the mid-Atlantic, a significant percentage of which are garden-style affordable housing developments. At the core of every project is Dakota’s mission to improve the lives of the people who live in our communities. By integrating high-level design, green building technologies, and quality craftsmanship, Dakota provides warm and inviting homes that enrich both the community and its residents. Strategic partnerships with neighborhood groups and public officials ensure the success of these projects for all stakeholders in the community.