Issue Position: Coltsville
The history of Coltsville is a history of industry in central Connecticut, beginning with Samuel and Elizabeth Colt, the Pope manufacturing production of bicycles and automobiles, and finally blooming into what we now know as Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford. It is a unique regional and international landmark and should rightfully be preserved.
The Coltsville Study Act, P.L. 108-94, will initiate a feasibility study of the Coltsville property in Hartford as a first step in gaining a National Park designation for the area from the Department of the Interior. A reinvigorated Coltsville would fit perfectly with other landmarks and redevelopment projects in returning Hartford to a vibrant urban area.
Representative Larson, along with Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman originally introduced the Coltsville Study Act on May 15, 2002. The bill was not passed into law during the 107th Congress, but was successfully passed into law during the 108th Congress.