A boarded-up structure in the center of New Britain's downtown will be razed on Wednesday. While saying goodbye to the past, the city has huge ambitions for the future.
Right now, all eyes are on the former Burritt Bank. It's been vacant since the early 1990s, but it'll be demolished on Wednesday to make way for a new development.
Change has finally arrived in downtown New Britain after a long wait. People turned out in anticipation of the demolition, calling the structure an eyesore in the neighborhood.
“It's past time for it to come down. It's been empty for quite some time. Parts of it have lately fallen off,” said Alden Russell, a New Britain resident.
Construction on a new project to re-energize the city's center will commence after the structure has been demolished.
There are going to be 107 apartments and 5,700 square feet of ground retail wrapping around Main and Bank Streets.
Now it's time to get to work tearing down the structure brick by brick.
Mayor Erin Stewart estimated the renovation will cost about $19 million.
The demolition and cleaning are estimated to take around six weeks. The new project will be completed by the end of 2022.