Waterbury, CT (April 1, 2020) – Today, Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) recognized Post University for its transformation of the historic former Howland-Hughes Department Store and its role in helping to revive downtown Waterbury, with a 2020 Connecticut Main Street Award of Excellence. The university, recognized for its stewardship, was one of eight companies honored this year for its efforts in bringing traditional downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts back to life.
“We are committed to downtown Waterbury and care deeply about this area and its legacy…it’s our home,” said John L. Hopkins, CEO & President of Post University. “We are honored with this recognition and look forward to strengthening our history with the downtown community for years to come.”
Under Hopkins’ leadership, the updated Howland-Hughes building has transformed into a state-of-the-art technological hub for the associates who serve the university’s growing population of distance learning students through its online programs. Now, almost 500 university employees occupy three floors of the building, all of whom can enjoy and support downtown Waterbury’s array of local businesses and offerings.
“Post University didn’t just re-open the doors and windows to the building, they opened avenues to connection and community stewardship,” said Carl Rosa, Main Street Waterbury CEO. “Not only did we see a beautiful and historic building get the care it deserved, its new function is for such a great reason: supporting members of our community who want an education.”
CMSC selected organizations and initiatives from Bridgeport, New Britain, Manchester, Norwich, Rockville, Simsbury, Waterbury, and Windsor Locks to receive the prestigious awards. Other winners include:
- Preservation & Adaptive Reuse: 690 Hopmeadow Street: The Ensign House, Simsbury
- Branding, Marketing & Communications: Colorful Bridgeport: a community identity program celebrating people, streets, places & spaces
- Public Space & Placemaking: The Beehive Bridge, New Britain
- Events & Programming: Global City Norwich Program
- Redevelopment & Adaptive Reuse: The Montgomery Mill, Windsor Locks
- Preservation & Adaptive Reuse: Hockanum Mill, Rockville
Planning: Downtown 2020 Initiative, Manchester
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, CMSC will present each award locally in the community in which the project is located.