R1 Success Story: Swift Factory, Hartford, CT
A former gold‐leafing factory sprawling over 82,000 square feet in Northeast Hartford, the Swift Factory brownfields site is being turned into a community center focused on health care and innovative enterprises in the food industry. The Swift Factory, which operated for more than a century and hired over 300 people at its height, has been revitalized using green technologies and sustainable designs. It will create about 250 jobs in one of the city's most challenged neighborhoods and by helping to improve health outcomes and providing economic development opportunities, this $34 million project can spark a turnaround to help revitalize the community. Studies of Northeast Hartford have shown health challenges here related to life expectancy and diabetes as well as cardiovascular, respiratory, and infectious diseases. The area also faces high levels of unemployment and poverty and low levels of education. The Swift Factory project capitalizes on Northeast Hartford's proximity to downtown, its rich history, and its role as host of one of the country's largest urban parks, the 694‐acre Keney Park and golf course.
Read the following Brownfields Success Story fact sheet for more information about Swift Factory, Hartford, Connecticut.