Hartford council OKs grant of privilege pact with Rincon 225 developers
Liquor license renewals approved for one year

By Joe VanDeLaarschot

May 31, 2019

 Construction workers Thursday morning were erecting part of the foundation walls for the Rincon 225 apartment complex being built adjacent to downtown Hartford.
Joe VanDeLaarschot/Daily News Staff

HARTFORD — Modifications of plans for the location of air conditioning equipment for the Rincon 225 82-unit apartment complex under construction in the city’s downtown has caused the project’s developers to seek a grant of privilege agreement.

The Common Council unanimously approved the agreement so the equipment can be located eight feet into the city’s right of way along North Johnson Street adjacent to where the development is being built.

“It was found that the unit would have to be installed outside (rather than inside) in order to provide heated make-up air to the underground parking levels of the building,” said City Engineer Jason Schall. “The only location that makes sense for this unit to be located is on the west end of the building. This will allow the unit to blow directly into parking levels and be as efficient as possible.”

The problem was discovered when contractors and architects for the project began designing the complex’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.

“The unit will be surrounded by a privacy fence of about 10 feet by 20 feet in size,” Schall said. “The fence will be about eight feet from the street pavement. The city is permitted to grant privileges to authorize the placement of obstructions or excavations beyond property lines and into the city’s right of way pursuant to state statute.”

The developer will be responsible for all costs associated with the location of the equipment and its removal and placing the location back into proper order if the equipment is ever removed.

Other business

The council also approved the annual renewal of all liquor and fermented malt beverage licenses.

Before the council approved all of the renewals, a report was presented by Police Chief David Groves that outlined incidents related to the renewals that took place over the last year.

Groves said Hank’s Restaurant and Drinkery had one disorderly conduct incident. Groves said this is down from the five incidents of alcohol-related disorderly conduct that took place during the previous licensing period. The Mineshaft had one call for disorderly conduct involving an intoxicated person.

Groves said B & S Liquor and the Ichiban Restaurant both sold to underage persons during compliance checks on one occasion. Downtown Beverage, he said, also had underage serving violations during two separate compliance checks.

“I am not recommending any license suspensions or revocations,” Groves said. “However, the committee may wish to consider sending a warning letter to the establishments with the most violations over the last licensing period.”

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