Blue Back Square rising

In all the Lamont-Lieberman nonsense, I forgot to hail the decision the other day by Judge Robert Chatigny to throw out the lawsuit brought by preservationists aiming to save the interior of the ramshackle Board of Education building from the developers of Blue Back Square.

Now I basically prefer to save old buildings — inside and out — but this one, frankly, doesn’t do it for me.

According to the Courant, the facade will stay and the rest of a gutted, rebuilt structure will house “a Crate & Barrel, a movie theater, restaurants and a Barnes & Noble.”

That sounds pretty good to me, a reasonable tradeoff for the town. It’s not like the developers are planning a drug store there or some such thing.

I’ve been amazed at how fast Blue Back is rising behind town hall — and struck by the quality of the work I’m seeing. I voted for the project with only a little hesitation, but the more I see, the more convinced I am that West Hartford did well to push this through.

Not only will it help hold our taxes down, which is critical, it will also provide more shopping, more recreation, more jobs and more of the atmosphere that’s made our town extraordinary in recent decades.

Those of you who disagree, feel free to weigh in. I know this whole thing is controversial and I’m prone to change my mind when someone makes a good argument.

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One response to “Blue Back Square rising

  1. Steve

    I worked on the interiors on one of these buildings and the sales center. If you have seen the sales center, you will be more delighted with the interiors of the condo building. Now i’m partial, but it will be very beautiful.

    I’m all for re-use, but sometimes the building is not worth saving or re-using. Sometimes the weighing in of the old systems versus the new systems does not add up to actually keeping the building.

    Glad you like the project so far.

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