Not even a pandemic can stop us! Today we closed on the sale of 117 Sigourney Street, and the new owner and her family will now call one of the units their new home. They are longstanding Hartford residents, and we're glad they chose to buy their first home here. In case you’re wondering, real estate transactions are exempt from remote working restrictions, but we did no
Volunteering during the Pandemic4/23/2020
We had a bit of an interesting situation arise. As our contractors finished up at 117 Sigourney Street, they decided to use the municipal recycling carts for all of their trash – not exactly what the City intended! But there’s no dumpster at 117 anymore, and now that we’re moving rapidly to closing on 117 we had a bit of a problem …
As luck would have
Balcony Doors at 117 Sigourney Street12/20/2019
These are reference shots for the future, in case I lose track of which floor is which in old photos, but they also show how individual improvements are made to historic buildings. Once upon a time, these doors would have been the same. Of course, once upon a time they also opened onto a balcony – we think. I mean, we know there was some sort of balcony attached to the f
The Hartford's Annual Day of Caring 2019, Part 309/24/2019
We really lucked out this year! This was our third group from The Hartford as part of Day of Caring. The Hartford is committed to community service, and it gives its employees the opportunity to volunteer for Day of Caring as fits their schedule. This has been a tremendous boon for NINA over the years, as every volunteer helps us to keep our homes affordable for their future o
The Hartford's Annual Day of Caring 2019, Part 209/18/2019
We are very fortunate that The Hartford is one of our member institutions! As has happened for the previous several years, we got a second group of volunteers for the Day of Caring. This group included Andy Daly, president of our Board of Directors, and his boss, David Robinson, who is General Counsel at The Hartford.
2019 Bantam Beginnings08/28/2019
We had our annual group of Trinity College freshmen volunteering today at all of our project sites. These two students were at 115 & 117 Sigourney, while the rest were down on Hawthorn -- and yes, I was too lazy to go down and get a group shot.
I did learn something today: this group volunteered as part of Bantam Beginnings, the official name for the freshman orientation
Volunteer from Aetna05/10/2019
Anneke Velthuizen volunteered at 115 & 117 Sigourney Street today. Anneke, who works at Aetna, pitched in with Keith Powell and David Cunningham to get a lot of work done today, which helps us to keep our homes affordable for their future owners.
Interested in volunteering? We advertise volunteer opportunities through our member institutions, but if you don’t work f
You never know what you'll find02/01/2019
It's always fun to pull down the modern walls in a historic building, because you just never know what you'll find. At 117 Sigourney Street, we found a bucket above the ceiling. Best guess is that it was a worker who left it there, from when the building was built or for some repair work done after that.
New and Old Egresses at 117 Sigourney Street12/03/2018
Over at 117 Sigourney, we've started on new egresses as well as closing up old ones. Along the south side of the building, we've removed the doors that led to the fire escape, and this work is then a prelude to removing the fire escape altogether. Around at the back of the building, we're adding a new egress: this new back door will lead to a new, interior stair
Volunteers from The Hartford At work on 117 Sigourney Street11/08/2018
We had a group in from The Hartford today, and they did some particularly dirty work! Inside they pulled nails, part of the interior demolition process, and outside they hauled stuff from the basement to the dumpster. It isn't always glamorous, but every volunteer contributes directly to the future affordability of our homes!
Day of Caring at 117 Sigourney Street09/11/2018
We had a very large grouip of volunteers from The Hartford come out today for their annual Day of Caring. We expected most of the group, but we also picked up a couple of people from a nearby volunteer site after they finished their project earlier than anticipated. This was a great turnout, and we got a ton of stuff done today!
Team Rubicon at 117 Sigourney Street7/21/2018
Team Rubicon came by today to start the interior demolition for us. They went to work on the second floor, and they did an amazing amount of work! That dumpster was empty this morning ….
The event was organized by Vic Civitello, a carpenter who works with us regularly who is also a military veteran. Team Rubicon is a veteran service organization that uses disaste
Thanks To Our Friends From JELLO!1/17/2017
A group of students participating in Trinity College's January Experience of Living, Learning, and Outreach (JELLO) volunteered today at 115 and 117 Sigourney Street. Work included cleaning up the site, inside and out, and making the whole place look presentable.
Trinity College and NINA have partnered now for close to 10 years, with groups of students coming up at least three ti
First Look down the pipeline12/16/2014
One of our members, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, is giving us property for Christmas! 115 Sigourney Street and 117 Sigourney Street have long been part of the City of Hartford's Lead Abatement Program. A non-profit that managed the program had its offices on the first floor of 115, and then the second floor of 115 and all of the units in 117 were temporary living