- In The Works
- Affordable Housing
- Play Environments
- Complete Streets
- LEED Gold Certification
- 2017 Keystone Award from CT Main Street.
- 2017 Award of Merit from the CT Trust for Historic Preservation.
- National Register of Historic Places property.
- Urban design.
- Neighborhood revitalization.
Hartford’s 1903 Capewell Horse Nail Factory, with its distinctive Romanesque Revival square tower, has been renovated into housing and commercial space. The old factory in Hartford's South End was converted into 72 apartments and an adjacent parcel into 24 affordable townhomes. The renovation began thanks in part to the federal environmental regulators approval of a toxic-cleanup scheme for the brownfield site. The building, vacant in the Sheldon-Oak neighborhood since 1987, now contains mixed-income units and commercial office space.
To Design worked with Corporation for Independent Living (CIL) and Crosskey Architects to transform the site. Harry E. Cole & Son provided civil engineering services as a consultant to To Design. The site was reconstructed to provide parking for residents, as well as much needed open space. Now fully planted, 50 shade trees have not only beautified the area, but also offset several thousand pounds of carbon annually and provided much needed shade.