NINA

NINA is the Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, and we are a not-for-profit corporation organized in 2003 to foster the revitalization of Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood. NINA is a collaborative effort of four major institutions - Aetna, The Hartford, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and Webster Bank - that work together with residents and other community stakeholders to revitalize Asylum Hill. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for reinvestment in Asylum Hill by enhancing public safety, homeownership, economic development, and education throughout the neighborhood.

Since 2003, we have rehabilitated 20 historic houses and constructed two new houses. We have worked throughout this time with our member institutions as well as our partners. Currently, we are at work on a mixed-used building and a second new home.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


Our Goals


History

NINA is the Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, and we are a not-for-profit corporation organized in 2003 to foster the revitalization of Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood. NINA is a collaborative effort of four major institutions - Aetna, The Hartford, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and Webster Bank - that work together with residents and other community stakeholders to revitalize Asylum Hill. Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for reinvestment in Asylum Hill by enhancing public safety, homeownership, economic development, and education throughout the neighborhood.

Since 2003, we have rehabilitated 18 historic houses and constructed one new house. We have worked throughout this time with our member institutions as well as our partners. Currently, we are at work on a mixed-used building and a second new home.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


Who's Who in Asylum Hill

Who's Who in Asylum Hill
Henry Green, who lived at 50 Ashley Street, was an early pioneer in the study of X-rays. In fact, he perfected a vacuum tube that focused X-rays and made them the practical diagnostic tool that they are today.

Henry was an immigrant from Birmingham, England by way of Canada, and he settled in Hartford in 1888. He went to work for and eventually took over the Aetna Electric Company, and then as his business in X-ray technology took off he formed a company, Green & Bauer, with John Bauer, a glassblower who also worked for Aetna Electric Company.

Not all of Henry's inventions were practical. At one point he patented a coin-operated X-ray device that would allow users to see inside just about anything. He also conducted numerous demonstrations around town, including several in conjunction with professors at Trinity College, and he may have been a part of the "X-ray parties" that were all the rage at the turn of the 20th century. In fact, Mark Twain is said to have held such a party at his house -- so of course we're looking for any evidence that Henry knew Sam.

Unfortunately, no one fully understood the dangers inherent to X-rays after they were discovered in 1895. Henry's work eventually poisoned him, and he became part of a long list of "martyrs to science," as did his partner John Bauer and another Asylum Hill resident, Burton Baker.

Henry is a great example of the people who make up Asylum Hill -- often unsung, but always making powerful contributions to society. Upon his death in 1914, the American Journal of Roetgenology described Henry as having done "more for the advancement of X-ray tubes than any one man in their manufacture." If you have the chance, pass by Henry's old house at 50 Ashley at some point -- it's part of the Gardens of Ashley self-guided tour -- and remember Henry the next time you have an X-ray at either your next doctor's or your next dentist's appointment.

Sources: Hartford Courant & the American Journal of Roetgenology



Where's Where in Asylum Hill

Where's Where in Asylum Hill
Asylum Hill has the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House, but it also has countless other sites to see, each offering its own unique contribution to Hartford and, in some cases, the country. From houses to churches, Asylum Hill has a remarkable collection of grand architecture and offbeat nooks that you won't believe you've driven by for years without noticing.

Every summer, NINA partners with Aetna and The Hartford to offer weekly walking tours for the employees of these companies as well as the general public. Participants on the Asylum Hill Walking Tours are greeted by a community stakeholder (a resident or someone very active in Asylum Hill) who conveys them to their guide for the week. Every week participants gain new knowledge and insights into Asylum Hill, and we hope you'll participate. The Summer Walking Tour series for 2015 has concluded, but we'll be gearing up soon for 2016.




Asylum Hill Walking Tours

Asylum Hill Walking Tours







The 2020 Summer Walking Tour Series Will Happen -- Just Not Now!

You've probably already guessed by now that we've postponed this year's series.  We're still hoping that we will be able to run tours this summer, but just in case we've started working on self-guided tours and tours you can take from the comfort and social distance of your own computer.  Check back soon for details, and we'll send out an e-blast as things developed.

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Support for these tours is generously provided by


For more information, contact David Corrigan, NINA Program Manager, at 860-244-9390 or by e-mail, or sign up for our new Summer Walking Tour newsletter, which will be distributed weekly throughout the summer.



What We Do


How We Started


Our Organization
Staff
Ken Johnson, Executive Director
Ken has been a Hartford resident since 1981. Before leading NINA, he developed expertise in Hartford revitalization through his work with LISC, ONE/CHANE, and the Hartford Development Corporation. Ken has a Bachelors from the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Masters in public policy from Trinity College.

David Corrigan, Program Manager
David has lived in Hartford since 1995. He is past chair of the Frog Hollow NRZ Committee (2004-2014), and he was involved in the re-design and re-magnetization of Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School. David has a Bachelors and a Masters from Cornell University.

Board of Directors
Lynda Godkin, Chair
Lynda is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Privacy Officer for WEX Heath, Inc.
Andrew Daly, President
Andrew is Assistant Vice President and Counsel in the Enterprise Transaction Unit at the Hartford Financial Services Group.

Tiana Hercules, Vice President
Tiana is part of Hercules Helping Hands, a home care agency that provides services for seniors. She and her family are residents of Asylum Hill and NINA homeowners.

Phil Rigueur, Vice President
Phil is Producer Relations Director at Aetna.
Susan Winkler, Treasurer
Susan is the Executive Director of the MetroHartford Alliance IFS Cluster.

Sean Mulready, Secretary
Sean is the Vice President for Commercial Real Estate for Webster Bank.
Joe Connolly, Director
Joe is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Connecticut Government Relations at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

Hank Hoffman, Director
Bob is the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Director of the Commercial and Technology Law Unit for the Hartford Financial Services Group.

Members
Our member institutions provide annual support to our efforts to revitalize Asylum Hill. This support, which goes directly to our overhead and administrative costs, allows us to focus on our projects and programs. It also ensures that any contribution made to NINA goes directly toward those projects and programs.



Aetna is one of the leading providers of health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, and disability insurance as well as employee benefits in the nation. Dedicated to helping people to achieve health and financial security, Aetna puts information and helpful resources to work for its members to help them make better decisions about their health care.
The Hartford Financial Services Group is a leading provider of insurance and wealth management services for millions of consumers and businesses worldwide. The Hartford is consistently recognized for its superior service and its sustainability efforts, and it helps its customers pursue a financially secure future by anticipating their needs and providing competitive financial products.




Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is the largest Catholic health care provider in New England. It has almost 900 affilitate physicians, and medical treatment and health education programs are available at its main campus and at 12 satellite locations around the Hartford region.

Webster Bank is a full service, regional commercial bank. It helps individuals, families, and businesses achieve their financial goals throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Westchester County, NY.
Partners
NINA works with a variety of partners to accomplish the things it does in Asylum Hill. From other community-based organizations and non-profits to other major corporations, NINA and its partners have invested over $6 million in Asylum Hill, creating jobs for Hartford residents and building new homes while preserving the neighborhood's Victorian heritage. Below are a few of our more frequent collaborators.



ServCorps creates volunteer opportunities and internships to build and encourage a culture of community service. ServCorps uses its volunteers' expertise in construction, improving the lives of individuals and communities by building and rehabilitating housing locally, in disaster stricken areas, and in other communities in need across the country. NINA and ServCorps have worked together since 2008, rehabilitating four homes and building another.



The Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association (AHNA) is the neighborhood revitalization zone (NRZ) committee for the Asylum Hill neighborhod. AHNA works to revitalize Asylum Hill through the implementation of its strategic plan, which is a part of the City of Hartford's "One City, One Plan" plan of development and conservation. AHNA meets monthly to discuss matters of concern to the neighborhood, and its subcommittees - Communication, Education, Housing and Environment, Public Safety, and Transportation and Economic Development - meet regular to review plans and proposals within their purview. AHNA is one of the most active and engaged NRZ committees in the city.



LISC, the Local Initiatives Support Collaborative, is a national non-profit dedicated to supporting community-based development that will transform distressed neighborhoods into thriving communities. LISC is now the nation's largest non-profit community development financial intermediary, and it operates in 38 sites across the country. In Hartford, LISC provides capital and technical expertise to local non-profit developers to create affordable housing, homeownership, and commercial and community facilities. For more information on LISC, please click here.



The Connecticut Housing Investment Fund, Inc. (CHIF) is a private, non-profit organization established to finance affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization projects throughout Connecticut. Since its incorporation in 1968, CHIF has provided more than $128.5 million in financing to assist individuals and organizations to purchase, rehabilitate, or construct homes for low- and moderate-income families.



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Welcome to NINA!

NINA is:

• Non-profit
• Affordable homeownership
• Asylum Hill

We’ve been at work since 2004 helping to revitalize Asylum Hill by remediating blighted historic houses and creating new opportunities for affordable homeownership for low- to moderate-income households.

We’re very glad you’ve dropped by our web site! We hope you enjoy your visit – you can learn all about what we’re currently up to, what we’ve already done, and who we think we are while you’re here. You can also contribute to what we’re doing, if you’d like to get involved!

What We Do

NINA is the Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, Inc., and we are the non-profit community development corporation at work in the Asylum Hill neighborhood of Hartford, Connecticut. We focus primarily on the rehabilitation of blighted historic houses, but every now and again we’ve been known to build something new. In either case, all of our homes are sold affordably to low- to moderate-income households, and we are very proud that our work has helped to bring over 20 new homeowners to Asylum Hill since 2004.

Want to learn more? We have frankly answered our most frequently asked questions already, but if you have a new one, we’d be more than happy to hear from you. You can also check out the latest happenings at NINA, but we’re not the most frequent or even regular posters. Just so you know.

Where We Work

In Asylum Hill! When our member institutions – Aetna, The Hartford, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and Webster Bank (plus MassMutual and ING, but they’ve moved on) – got together to see what they could do jointly to revitalize Hartford, they looked specifically at their own backyard, which is Asylum Hill. They created NINA and charged NINA with its mission to eliminate blight and to expand the opportunities everyone on the Hill has to a healthy, happy, and safe time here. Aetna, The Hartford, and Saint Francis Hospital have all been here for almost a century, and while Webster Bank is a relative newcomer to the neighborhood, they along with our historic institutions have dedicated themselves to revitalizing Asylum Hill by supporting NINA’s operations annually.

We’ve put together some walks you can take around the neighborhood if you’d like to see some of its history and architectural character. Each walk can be done in about an hour, less if you’re in it for the exercise, and we’ve highlighted some important sites along the way on each walk. If you’d like us to take you on a tour, just ask! We like nothing more than showing off our neighborhood.

Who We Are

NINA is its staff, its board of directors, its member institutions, and the peer non-profits and community-based organizations that we work with to revitalize Asylum Hill. Check us out: we answer questions about us as well as about all of the people and places and organizations that make us who we are and what we do – but don’t expect too many photos, as some of us are very camera shy.

Timeline

2017 Public Service Award

12/4/2017
Tonight at a ceremony at TheaterWorks, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented NINA with its 2017 Public Service Award.
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Nina Founded

8/11/2003
Since 2003, we have rehabilitated 18 historic houses and constructed one new house.
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