There’s an editorial in Saturday’s Courant about the relocation of a Department of Social Services regional welfare services center out of downtown New Britain to a location that’s both more expensive to rent and less convenient for the families who use it. It’s bad enough that the service center moved over the objections of local leaders, but apparently DSS broke a promise in doing it by moving to (gasp) Newington.
Second, the new office, which opened in February, is in Newington, which violates the agency’s pledge to keep the service center in New Britain. Or is it in Newington?
Miraculously, state officials waved a magic wand and postal authorities declared 30 Christian Lane, Newington — the address of the new DSS building — to be 30 Christian Lane, New Britain. Thus, the agency’s promise was kept, sort of.
Wait–what? You can’t just change a location like that. I decided to resolve this: with maps!
Newington has a great selection of maps on their website, and I found just the thing: an aerial view of the location overlaid with GIS data. Here’s the .pdf of the area in question. This is right around the neighborhood where I grew up, by the way, so I’m pretty familiar with the area. I have helpfully labeled a piece of that map, to illustrate where DSS is proposing to move. It isn’t in New Britain:
Worse, it’s across the train tracks from New Britain proper, and in the middle of an industrial park far from any residential areas. I quickly checked the bus system map, and no, it seems that
the buses don’t run there. So unless people have a car, they are out of luck.
Way to go, DSS.
Update: Apparently there is a DATTCO bus line that runs out there and turns around in the parking lot. It doesn’t show up on the CT Transit system map, but does exist. DATTCO is across the street from the new service center.