Northeast Hartford getting its first look at the Swift Factory’s future as a food business, health hub

Ken Bennett spent about an hour on July 25 touring the Swift Factory property, which is being converted into a food business hub that will be geared toward creating jobs and opportunities for neighborhood residents. (Rebecca Lurye / Hartford Courant)
August 4, 2019
By Rebecca Lurye

Residents are hoping for something nearly as improbable — for the food business hub to breathe life back into their economically depressed neighborhood, home to few businesses beyond convenience and package stores and take-out restaurants.

“We’re doing this in a neighborhood whose history is disinvestment, lack of access to resources,” said John Thomas, engagement coordinator for Community Solutions. “We see that this is an opportunity to recreate the economic engine that the factories of Hartford once served as in the neighborhoods.”