Columbus 1200x500 cNEW BRITAIN: The site of the former New Britain Police Department will soon be a $58 million mixed-use development.

Developers and government officials broke ground on October 17 on Columbus Commons at 125 Columbus Boulevard. The project will include 160 housing units in two six story buildings and also include office and retail space.           

The project will be built in steps with the second building going up after the successful completion and rental of the first.

The project is a public-private partnership with Xenolith Partners of Bedford, New York and Dakota Partners of Waltham, Mass.

The police station was closed in 2012 and demolished with $2.7 million in state brownfields reclamation grants.

New Britain Mayor, Erin Stewart cited the project’s location next to the New Britain CTfastrak station, saying, “what we’re going to see from here on out, we’re hoping, is that other developments spur because of this, and an influx of millennials and people moving into downtown,” said Stewart. “This project is the start of an exciting new era for downtown New Britain.”