Thumbs up for the preservation of one of the last working textile mills in eastern Connecticut. American Woolen Co. is buying Warren Mills in Stafford Springs and plans for 38 jobs there over the next two years. A comeback of eastern Connecticut's once-proud textile industry would be the business story of the decade.
Thumbs up for the $3 million-plus renovation of the Marriott Residence Inn in Hartford's historic Richardson Building. One of the state's more interesting hotels — each of the 120 suites in the restored 1876 building is different — now has an urbane, stylishly subdued feel. This is what planners mean when they use the phrase "historic preservation by adaptive reuse."
Thumbs up to Hartford HealthCare for deciding to keep the Institute of Living's Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program. The renowned program will continue thanks in part to financial help from the state. The program helps patients with simple but critical life skills such as organization. Letters and emails poured in when supporters learned it was closing because Medicare and Medicaid don't pay enough to sustain it.