A new Dollar General store at the end of Arch Street near Shuttle Meadow Avenue will be just the beginning of a neighborhood transformation if local Latino leaders have their way.
Joined by Mayor Erin Stewart and other officials, the New Britain Latino Coalition attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Dollar General Tuesday afternoon, saying the project is the first step in what is envisioned as a multi-pronged neighborhood redevelopment initiative.
Local Latino leaders are calling the nascent district “Barrio Latino.”
Francisco Cuin, the coalition’s founder and former president, said the development plan represents a longtime vision.
“It’s not a new idea,” he said.
Carmelo Rodriguez, the coalition’s chairman, said the vision aligns with and is fundamental to the organization’s efforts to change the …