WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the official opening of West Hartford Center’s newest addition, Blue Back Square, on November 3 at 10 a.m. The event will be held on Webster Walk, near the statue of Noah Webster and the West Hartford public library on South Main Street.
Speakers will be West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka as well as members of the Blue Back Square development team, including Richard Heapes, partner, Blue Back Square/Street-Works and Rick Langhorne, president, Ronus Propertie s. The West Hartford Hall High School freshman symphonic band will help celebrate the occasion.
The new town square is a first for Connecticut as a unique, mixed-use development and one of a handful in the U. S. A mixed-use development is a symbiotic balance of residential, retail, office and civic space, designed for all aspects of life. Blue Back Square not only brings new shops and restaurants to The Center, but Hartford Hospital Wellness Center, New York Sports Clubs as well as luxury condominiums and rental apartment lofts.
Retail anchors at Blue Back Square include Crate and Barrel, The Cheesecake Factory, REI, Barnes & Noble, and Criterion Cinemas.
In 2008, condominiums and apartments will welcome new residents, bringing 24-hour life to The Center in a new way.
Blue Back Square hails its name from Noah Webster’s blue grammar books, which were called “blue back spellers.” Noah Webster, writer of the American dict ionary, was raised in what is now West Hartford.
Blue Back Square is a 600,000-square-foot, mixed-use development located in the heart of West Hartford Center between South Main Street, Memorial Road and Raymond Road. It is an extension of West Hartford Center, a popular pedestrian -friendly shopping and dining district that presently consists of 140 upscale national, regional and local shops, restaurants and a Whole Foods Market.
Blue Back Square includes approximately 220,000 square feet of additional retail; 95,000 square feet of professional office space; 130,000 square feet of medical office space including New York Sports Clubs; and luxury condominiums and rental apartment lofts. Ronus Properties of Atlanta, Ga., Street-Works of White Plains, N. Y., and JDA Development of West Hartford, Conn. are developing the project. This partnership combines the national, mixed-use development experience and expertise of Street-Works with the regional sensibility and sensitivity of JDA and the financial strength of Ronus, a full-service, real estate management and development firm.