Innovative Project Aims for Affordable Home Ownership

The Brackett Knoll subdivision is wrapping up construction in Hartford, Connecticut, offering duplexes for sale at reduced rates with built in rental income included.

Read Time: 1 minute

July 7, 2021, 10:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Apartment renter

Benoit Daoust / Shutterstock

"Construction is underway on a market-rate housing development in Hartford’s North End, one of several long-awaited projects helping to stabilize one of the poorest sections of the city," reports Rebecca Lurye.

The final phase of construction on the Brackett Knoll subdivision will add 14 income-restricted duplexes, according to Lurye, with an innovative business model. Qualifying residents were able to purchase the homes for a reduced price and will live in one unit while renting out the other.

"To quality for a home, a family must have a combined household income of $30,000-$60,000," reports Lurye. The homeowners are expected to "have about $2,000 in monthly home expenses — including mortgage, utilities, taxes and reserves — with rental income bringing that down to about $800."

"The three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath units will have full basements, front porches and back decks, and the side-by-side units are slightly staggered to give residents more privacy when they spend time outside," adds Lurye.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in Hartford Courant

Chicago Commute

The Right to Mobility

As we consider how to decarbonize transportation, preserving mobility, especially for lower- and middle-income people, must be a priority.

January 26, 2023 - Angie Schmitt

Aerial view of dense single-family homes in neighborhood still under construction

How Virginia Counties Use Zoning to Stifle Development

Some state legislators are proposing action at the state level as counties block development using zoning and development requirements even as housing prices rise sharply in the region.

January 23, 2023 - The Virginia Mercury

New York City Coronavirus

The Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Remake Downtown

Urban cores around the country were transforming into live, work, and play destinations before the pandemic. The pandemic was a setback for this transformation, but it could also be a rare opportunity. It’s up to city leadership to seize it.

January 23, 2023 - The Washington Post

Rendering of red seven-story student housing building with students walking in open grassy plaza in front of building

L.A. Times Editorial Board Calls for CEQA Reform

The Board argues that the environmental law, while important, has too often been ‘weaponized’ by NIMBY groups to delay or halt housing development.

50 minutes ago - Los Angeles Times

Seattle buses in line at a depot with Seattle skyline in background

Seattle Brings Free Transit to Public Housing

Linking transit programs to housing can lower administrative costs and streamline the process for riders.

1 hour ago - Route Fifty

Broad street in downtown Columbus, Ohio with two pedestrians in crosswalk

Columbus Could Lower Downtown Speed Limits

The city council will vote on a proposal to lower speed limits to 25 miles per hour to improve safety and make downtown more walkable and welcoming to pedestrians.

2 hours ago - The Columbus Dispatch