What we do know is that this house had been vacant and blighted for close to 10 years, and it posed a significant problem for the neighborhood because of that. The house is located at the corner of Sigourney and Sargeant, and Sigourney Street is a major thoroughfare into and out of the city. It's also directly across the street from Sigourney Square Park, a true gem in the neighborhood that in June 2013 saw the completion of a $700,000 capital improvement project there. The house was seen each day by thousands of people, and it had a powerfully negative influence on their perception of the neighborhood.
Some shots of the interior from before we went to work -- these have been selected because they're easily recognizable and because they match up with some of the photos above.
New Trees in the Neighborhood04/24/2015
A group of volunteers from The Hartford came out today to plant new trees in Asylum Hill for Arbor Day. We helped to line up some homes looking for trees for this event, and one of the interested homeowners was at 156 Sargeant Street. They were looking to establish a natural buffer between their property and Sigourney Street, and they were very happy to receive t