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Columbus Commons


New construction of 80 multi-family rental apartments and retail space

One of the first Passive House designed mixed-use development projects in CT

Features outdoor community gathering spaces, community clubhouse and fitness center

Completion: 2020

Total Development Costs:
$30 million

New Britain, Connecticut

Columbus Commons is a mixed-use housing project in downtown New Britain. This project has transformed the formerly underutilized urban brownfield and former site of the police station headquarters into a vibrant downtown, transit-oriented development.

The community features 80 new apartment homes and 10,000 square feet of commercial storefront for local, small neighborhood businesses. Residents of the community enjoy access to numerous facilities including a fitness center, community gathering space, and bike and tenant storage.

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 super 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 the second mixed-use, multi-family community built to Passive House standards in the state of Connecticut. In 2020, Columbus Commons was awarded a CT Green Build Council Green Building Merit Award.

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.

Construction began in late 2018 and was completed in March of 2020.