Brisk leasing activity at The Stark Building at 750 Main Street is bringing exciting changes to the crossroads of downtown Hartford, including new tenants and a long-awaited grocery store.
Scheduled to open this summer, the Hartford Food Market will fill the building’s entire ground floor retail space and provide an amenity that residents, city officials and downtown workers have clamored for over many years.
The market is a prime example of increased interest in downtown Hartford and The Stark Building. The Hartford Food Market, in particular, along with additional new tenants signing first-time leases, will occupy more than 15,000 square feet – over 10 percent of the building’s capacity.
Among these newcomers, who bring foot traffic and exciting ideas to downtown Hartford, are Aquiline Drones, which will manufacture its advanced technology products in Connecticut, and Titan Energy, which is moving its headquarters from the nearby suburb Rocky Hill.
“The Stark Building’s location is second-to-none and our space is beautiful, with large windows and great views,” said Brendan Kearney, manager of customer support and marketing at Titan Energy, a full-service energy consultant. “It’s a sophisticated, professional space that commands respect and makes us proud to hold meetings with customers of all sizes – all the way up to Fortune 500 companies. We want to help revitalize downtown Hartford and know that our employees will be energized to walk into work everyday.”
After Adam J. Stark renamed the building last winter, tenant renewals have accounted for another 13,000 square feet of space. Current tenants include legal, financial and professional services firms, technology companies, along with several other noteworthy professional companies, including Crosskey Architects and The Connecticut Forum.
“This is where the action is and the Hartford Food Market, along with our new and returning lessees, will help bring newfound vitality to the heart of downtown,” said Stark, who bought the building in 2017. “There is a significant amount of activity happening in the area and it’s exciting and gratifying to be part of this renaissance.”
In the last two years, Stark has thoroughly upgraded and overhauled the building’s infrastructure, including elevators, HVAC, the grand lobby and exterior architectural features. For added value and convenience, the Stark team also built out a comprehensive fiber-optic and VOIP backbone that offers tenants the unique ability to integrate enhanced technology solutions into their leases.
“Beyond preserving the integrity of this charming historic structure, we have completely upgraded it into a modern, Class A level office building with striking spaces and potential configurations that appeal to a wide variety of businesses,” said Stark. “Brokers and prospective tenants who tour the building are suitably impressed.”
In addition, The Stark Building offers an unparalleled array of other amenities. A full-time on-site property manager, a formal doorman, a concierge, a maintenance manager and renovation specialists are on call to serve tenant needs.
“The Stark Building offers attentive service in an elegant, but thoroughly transformed building outfitted with the latest suite of technology solutions,” said Stark.