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Another letter, this one in the Hartford Courant, suggests and East Hartford solution to Middletown's problems.
Army Could Use Rentschler Field
- August 18, 2008
The site is Rentschler Field, and while a regional training facility may not be in the current master plan, the facility could easily be integrated. It has been said that the base would more closely resemble a college campus than a traditional army base. The plans for Rentschler Field include retail, housing, high-tech manufacturing and research and possibly higher education facilities.
Adding the facility would bring in 400 visitors a month and create 70 full-time jobs which is very much in line with the goals of the current master plan for the field. With the economy sputtering and retail construction slowing the facility would serve as a great catalyst for continued development. The state has already invested heavily with the University of Connecticut Stadium, incentives for Cabela's and millions in proposed and actual road work within the former Pratt & Whitney airfield. Let's work in the army facility, which results in smart growth, that reuses a brownfield site and invests in a community that has the infrastructure to support a project of this size without paving over more farmlands and wetlands.
Jason Rojas, East Hartford