Pinnacle Heights Is Crashing Down -- Courant.com

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With the mayor at the helm, crews on Tuesday began demolishing the vacant former housing project known as Pinnacle Heights.
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Brubaker

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Oct 31, 2007
 
The Mayor should have turned these buildings into condos rather than destroying them. This avenue was never explored. I almost lived there in 1955 when they first opened. They replaced the Army Barracks on Leahy Cort and where the E.C. Goodwin Tech school now stands. Unfortunately the asbestos removal would have been prohibitive for condo conversion.
Hey Mr Mayor: if you want to increase the tax base remove Mount Pleasant also. The property values would rise dramatically around the area. Train your eye also with the Volvo hydralic demolition machine on Malikowski Circle also..
These project areas were temporary housing for World War II and Korean veterans who were able to save for their dream houses and build them in New Britain..
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I really think u should have a renioun for the ppeople that uest to live their before u tear it down let ppl explore their fond memories
Chelsea

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Hey i lived their in those apartments and they were actually nice. I say i know alot of people who said they would move their if you rebuild them. Plus hey that was the biggist one. You should tear down the malikowski cuirle or corbin.
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Are you guys kidding? The place is a disgusting dump. Population in NB has decreased dramatically over the last 30 years. There is no longer a market for this kind of vast public housing. It will be much better as the technology park they are building, providing much needed jobs for city residents.
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i lived there and theres no fond memories the faster all the projects leave new britain the sonner we can prosper and shake our reputation
hard hittin

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I live here now, in fact I bought a property about 3 years ago in hopes that they tear down what has become a scab for the city. I do feel for those that have to move but the purpose of these projects was mistaken for a long term life living program. The purpose was for you to get on your feet and move on to home ownership and prosper. So I do hope that they demolish all the projects within the city. It's time for a nudge for those that have lived there for so long so they can move on.
Gregory G

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My brother John and I grew up there in the 60's at 190 Merimac Road. We went to school at Frank J. Diloretto and Catechism classes at Holy Cross (The Catholic school kids used to swear worse than the public school kids). No drugs at the time, just building forts out of hay in the summer and snow forts in the winter. We were there before the highway went in. Also, we and our friends would hike up Rattlesnake mountain back when there was an abandoned stone house at the top that rumor had once belonged to a Connecticut governor. None of us will forget the day six of us went down to the highway construction site to explore and saw three tiny guys that looked like aliens about 100 yards into the woods. They had what appeared to be tophats on with large playing cards stuck in the hats. We didn't say a word and instinctively all ran off in different directions. Once at night a few of us saw what looked like a saucer. In the morning, there was a burned circle in the grass. Pretty strange stuff for kids to experience, but I'm not exaggerating. The Glaspers were the tough kids in the neighborhood back then. The units had basements and I recall the pipes being insulated with 1" thick asbestos. If you whacked the insulation it would create snow-like clouds of that stuff!(Probably wasn't a great idea, but who knew?). My best friend was Steven Harris. We both liked art (Miss Cunningham was our young pretty teacher at Frank J. Diloretto Elementary School) and karate. Steven tried to build a helicopter in his basement using a lawn mower engine and a 2"X4" about 8' long for a propeller. That wasn't one of our better ideas! Kids could get away with being kids back then - we would ride with our families to the beach and shoot realistic looking Mattel handguns and rifles at passing cars (nobody called the SWAT team - there was none back then). The best toys were the Mattel Vac-u-maker, Agent Zero radio that turned into a rifle, Agent Zero camera that turned into a pistol. Sonic Boom blaster. G.I. Joe toys were much bigger and heavier back then - if your brother cracked you on the head with one, it was really bad news (maybe that explains the alien's). I went on Google Earth today and see that they whole place was fenced off, but couldn't read the signs on the fences. It was a great place for kids, with plenty of space to run around, and the apartments were nice. Really liked going to the Strand theatre to see monster movies. They used to give pencil boxes to kids just before school started. The Palace Theatre was also good, but they were moving more from family movies into Hells Angels type movies and then X-rated stuff. The Strand showed good movies until they closed. Downtown New Britain was beautiful at Christmas. My Uncle Charlie owned the Red Cap bar and grill adjacent to the New Britain Boy's Club. I took some friends there for free hot dogs once in a while. I used to play Chiniese checkers with John Karbonic. He'd let you come very close to winning and then beat you. At least he gave you the idea you "could" beat him. It was a great club! Basketball, a swimming pool (they made you swim nude - kind of odd, but I guess some of the kids had poop in their shorts). Also, they had great shop classes sponsored by the factories: Printing, woodshop, etc. Had a lot of fun playing in abandoned factories back then. All of my relatives were able to buy nice Polish palaces with the money they earned at Stanley Works, Fafnir ball bearings, Universal. I also remember those places closing down as American consumers began buying cheaper electric toothbrushes from Japan. Anyway - thanks for the memories!
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gregg I loved your blog. I grew up at 179 merimac Road. I just wrote a paper for an English class I am taking and I wrote about growing up in Pinnacle heights and what a blast we had. I had ms cunningham too. I'll never forget playing on 84 when it was underconstruction we used to turn our socks inside out thinking our moms wouldn't catch us in the mud. I remember watering the hill when it snowed and flying down it on our red flyers....you were right kids could really be kids back then..Thanks for the laugh
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Mar 13, 2010
 
I was told by a friend who grew up in Pinnacle Heights that this is a very accurate depiction of life in Pinnacle Heights in the 60's. He was surprised that clay mountain wasn't mentioned.
Bob Maguda

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I grew up on Campbell Road, right where EC Goodwin is today, and then we moved to 652 Slater Road, Pinnacle Hieghts. This was from 1950 to the late 50's and I never saw any aliens like the other guy mentioned, but maybe he was drinking different koolaid than me??:) It was all Italians and Poles back then and it was a great place for kids. We had plenty of friends and you didn't have to walk far to find them. All of neighbors were like your parents and you didn't dare do anything wrong because they would tell your parents for sure. There was a modified school bus that would come by on the weekend that was a rolling candy shop, and there was the rag man driving around yelling for rags. Times have changed.
Collette Coty

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kathkeen glynn wrote:
gregg I loved your blog. I grew up at 179 merimac Road. I just wrote a paper for an English class I am taking and I wrote about growing up in Pinnacle heights and what a blast we had. I had ms cunningham too. I'll never forget playing on 84 when it was underconstruction we used to turn our socks inside out thinking our moms wouldn't catch us in the mud. I remember watering the hill when it snowed and flying down it on our red flyers....you were right kids could really be kids back then..Thanks for the laugh
I grew up at 182 Merimac Rd from 1958 - 1966...probaly a bit earlier than you as I do not remember your name...If you remember me contact me at collettecoty@hotmail.som
Jason Figueroa

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i respect most people's opinions about Pinnicle Heights , I'm actually a resident from Jerome Drive for about 5 yrs now and used to live in 125 Marimac rd since 1990. growing up there i actually never had any bad memories other than it being shut dwn n planned on being demolished for nothing bcuz its right now it looks like a forest , trees every where , grass as high as bears standing on its feet , and ect !! why not re-build them and give bak many homes for kids tht can go to school at Frank j. Diloreto , Tomas Jefferson elementary and e.c goodwin tech high instead of wasting it on wat we dnt need in atleast this area there are plenty of stores , parks , schools on this side of new britain anyways and industrial parks or for job opportunities dnt make sence people in new britain are already struggling to make ends meet or let alone find a job cuz of what ever reasons . I just dont understand why they couldnt have tore down Mount. Pleasant and made stores out of them since they are near other stores such as ... stop n shop , subway , at&t , "and" ect . i read all's ya'lls opinions n accept it n hope ya can take mine into consideration and understand tht i can see better and more potential for my side of new britain ... thanks , Jason
Colleen Coty

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Collette Coty wrote:
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I grew up at 182 Merimac Rd from 1958 - 1966...probaly a bit earlier than you as I do not remember your name...If you remember me contact me at collettecoty@hotmail.som
I'm Collen Coty, Collette's big sis. I also don't remember your name. My Aunt, Uncle, and cousins are the Mirantes. I remember the Almadas, Glaspers, Carlsons, Stevensons, Yezierskis, Eunice Conway,Ouelettes, there are so many. I had a stroke 12 years ago, so I don't have the memory I once had, but just names brings things back. I am a novice on this iPad that Collette got me for my BIG "60" in December. I'm not sure I will find this site again, but I have an email address, colleencoty@me.com. I do know how to get my mail and respond. Thanks and God Bless
Colleen Coty

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Collette Coty wrote:
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I grew up at 182 Merimac Rd from 1958 - 1966...probaly a bit earlier than you as I do not remember your name...If you remember me contact me at collettecoty@hotmail.som
I am Colleen Coty, Collette's big "Sis". My Aunt, Uncle, and cousins are the Mirantes. I remember the Almadada, Glaspers, Carlsons, Stevensons, Yezierskis, Kukishs, so many others. I had a stroke in 1999 and my memory is not what it once was. Just mentioning names brings back things I thought were lost. I am new on this iPad, a gift from Collette, for my "Big 60" in December. I'm not sure I will find this site again, but I have an email address, colleencoty@me.com. I do know how to check my mail and respond. Thanks
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May 4, 2012
 
Chelsea wrote:
Hey i lived their in those apartments and they were actually nice. I say i know alot of people who said they would move their if you rebuild them. Plus hey that was the biggist one. You should tear down the malikowski cuirle or corbin.
Yes, you know a lot of people that would move back of they rebuilt them...that's why they're not being rebuilt. You're illiterate, and I aimagine your friends are too. We don't need more hoodrats burdening society.
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May 4, 2012
 
Brubaker wrote:
The Mayor should have turned these buildings into condos rather than destroying them. This avenue was never explored. I almost lived there in 1955 when they first opened. They replaced the Army Barracks on Leahy Cort and where the E.C. Goodwin Tech school now stands. Unfortunately the asbestos removal would have been prohibitive for condo conversion.
Hey Mr Mayor: if you want to increase the tax base remove Mount Pleasant also. The property values would rise dramatically around the area. Train your eye also with the Volvo hydralic demolition machine on Malikowski Circle also..
These project areas were temporary housing for World War II and Korean veterans who were able to save for their dream houses and build them in New Britain..
If you say asbestos removal would have prevented condo conversion, why are you ripping the mayor for not converting them to condos?
Demolition was the best thing that could happen to that neighborhood. Now they just need to destroy Jerome Dr. and Winfield Dr.
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Jason Figueroa wrote:
i respect most people's opinions about Pinnicle Heights , I'm actually a resident from Jerome Drive for about 5 yrs now and used to live in 125 Marimac rd since 1990. growing up there i actually never had any bad memories other than it being shut dwn n planned on being demolished for nothing bcuz its right now it looks like a forest , trees every where , grass as high as bears standing on its feet , and ect !! why not re-build them and give bak many homes for kids tht can go to school at Frank j. Diloreto , Tomas Jefferson elementary and e.c goodwin tech high instead of wasting it on wat we dnt need in atleast this area there are plenty of stores , parks , schools on this side of new britain anyways and industrial parks or for job opportunities dnt make sence people in new britain are already struggling to make ends meet or let alone find a job cuz of what ever reasons . I just dont understand why they couldnt have tore down Mount. Pleasant and made stores out of them since they are near other stores such as ... stop n shop , subway , at&t , "and" ect . i read all's ya'lls opinions n accept it n hope ya can take mine into consideration and understand tht i can see better and more potential for my side of new britain ... thanks , Jason
Your post is a perfect example of why they were demolished. The projects are breeding grounds for thugs. Taxpayers don't want "all y'alls" living off them for free any more. Once all the projects are gone, land values will increase.
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May 16, 2012
 
My grandparents lived around the corner on Robinson St. I pretty much lived there and I went to Diloretto Elementary in the 80's and Pulaski middle school. I have very fond memories of the neighborhood. My parents helped build the old Diloretto playground. Back then it was all volunteers. Hopefully the city turns the old projects into something positive. I was visiting New Britain with my family last summer and noticed that the Corbin projects are so run down. One apartment is boarded up while some poor family lives in the one next door. How can the city make people live like that? Its sad.
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Jun 12, 2012
 
my family live on longswamp rd from the mid 50,s to the early 80,s that was the best place in the world for a kid to grow up, i lived there with my brothers gary timi bobby (melv) my sister jill and me tom ( houg)and yes we use to play on clay mountain all the time, half the kids in ph would play army in the wood,s building forts snow ball fights in the winter, its totaly different today, growing up there u had lots, of friends, some of the people i knew were, the crowder,s barnnet,s paventi,s thompkin,s steward,s nadeu,s oak,s sgroi,vierra,s rosado,s pope,s i could go on and on, i remember howard lee pope use to race his brown gto up and down longswamp the later he bought a green super bea, all the units are gone now, i drive by now and look at the tree,s that are left and remember who,s house,s were in front of them
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Bob wrote:
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Yes, you know a lot of people that would move back of they rebuilt them...that's why they're not being rebuilt. You're illiterate, and I aimagine your friends are too. We don't need more hoodrats burdening society.
u have a lot of negitve thing,s to say about PH, did u ever live there??? sounds like u didnt, without PH there would never had been the shopping plaza, bradlees and shoprite, witch brought money and job,s into the local area, also without PH the schools like diloreto would probably be long gone, but now there thriving, there was also a bus route that went right thru PH, thru downtown and to south side of town, tell me that didnt distribute money around town, without out PH people back in the 50,s and 60,s would have not been able to save money to buy the house,s that they now own, i lived there for 25 yrs, and that was the greatest place on the planet earth for a kid to grow up in, i remember going up to the stone house near rattle snake mnt, i remember playing in the woods by clay mountain, i remember when 84 went in in 68, i remember when the shopping plaza ( braddlees and shoprite) was built, old man ed that lived down at the very end of longswamp that sold junk car parts, i could go on and on, it was a great place, and a great place to live, so dont bash it unless u lived there, witch a doubt u did

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