Nestled in the heart of West Hartford’s design district, a dynamic transformation is underway as the town eagerly anticipates its second transit-oriented development project with Hexagon New Park LLC: The Jayden. The town’s Design Review Advisory Committee recently approved The Jayden’s 70 apartment design in October, allowing Hexagon to seek zoning approval from the town. As West Hartford continues to prioritize sustainable urban development, The Jayden stands as a testament to the town’s commitment to creating vibrant, walkable communities near public transit hubs.
The Transit-Oriented Development Initiative
In a forward-thinking move, West Hartford implemented an ordinance last year to encourage transit-oriented development near CTfastrak stations. The primary objective is to foster higher-density housing near public transit, aiming to enhance walkability, alleviate car traffic, reduce pollution, and lower transportation costs for residents. Buildings within the zone can be taller and have fewer parking spaces than in other sections of West Hartford.
The Jayden supports and fully embraces the West Hartford’s Transit Oriented Development Initiative, as it will provide provided much needed work-force housing and be within walking distance to the Elmwood FasTrack Station. The project also reinforces the West Hartford Street Scape Initiative with a wide sidewalk area, outdoor seating opportunities and street trees.
The Vision for the Jayden
The Jayden will replace an existing single tenant building on a 1.2-acre lot through a carefully planned demolition. The five-story, multi-family rental housing project with a gross building area of 91,000 SF will offer 29 one-bedroom apartments and 41 two-bedroom apartments.
Beyond its residential offerings, the building will also feature 3,200 SF of street retail space on the ground floor, split between two commercial tenants. One space is 1,250 SF and the other just under 2,000 SF.
Residents of The Jayden can look forward to amenities designed to enhance their quality of life. The building will house a fitness center, providing residents with a convenient space to pursue an active lifestyle. Additionally, a communal lounge area and outdoor patios offer inviting spaces for socializing and relaxation. For those who enjoy the company of furry friends, the property will feature a dedicated dog walk area, ensuring that residents and their pets can enjoy the outdoors together. To cater to the needs of cycling enthusiasts, secure bike storage facilities will be available, promoting a bike-friendly environment. Furthermore, 70 basement parking spaces will be provided for residents, with an additional 10 parking spaces allocated for the two retail tenants.
The Jayden represents more than just a building; it embodies West Hartford’s commitment to progressive urban development and will act as a catalyst for further development in the New Park Ave area. As the project progresses, community members can stay tuned for updates on this transformative project that is reshaping West Hartford’s future.