Waterbury NEXT

In 2014, the State of Connecticut awarded a multi-million dollar grant to the City of Waterbury for furthering its Waterbury NEXT strategy. The plan consists of six comprehensive initiatives to further revitalize Downtown through public/private partnerships – including mass transit improvements, building renovations, apartment creation and infrastructure modernizations. 

Several of the initiatives have already led to successful economic development projects.

View of city streets and buildings in Downtown Waterbury Connecticut City of Waterbury

Howland-Hughes Building

The largest commercial building in Downtown Waterbury has been reimagined by Post University as its Online Education Hub. The five-story structure that was once the famous Howland-Hughes Department Store includes a massive lobby regularly used as a great community gathering space – holding events like local artist exhibitions and holiday extravaganzas.

Entrance to Post University at the Howland Hughes Building in Downtown Waterbury Post University
Patrons viewing framed artwork on the walls at Post University art gallery exhibit in Waterbury CT Post University

UConn Waterbury

The University of Connecticut has a campus in Downtown Waterbury – with students living in the historic, recently-renovated Brown Building.

Exterior of UConn Waterbury building in downtown Waterbury CT with car driving by University of Connecticut
Two UConn Waterbury students lounging at the residence hall at the Brown Building University of Connecticut

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Palace Theater

Having undergone an exhaustive renovation, the venue that has provided historic performances by music and stage’s finest is now a sparkling jewel gaining attention from artists and spectators alike. Each year, the Palace hosts hundreds of shows and events – everything from Brian Wilson to Broadway – that entertain tens of thousands.

View of the stunning architecture featured inside The Palace Theater in Waterbury CT Palace Theater

Mattatuck Museum

With permanent American art collections, rotating exhibitions, special events and family programming, the Mattatuck Museum has added 6,000 square feet for new exhibition spaces and a rooftop lounge. The project, completed in February 2021, is estimated to bring an additional $1 million annually to the local economy.

Patrons looking at the art hung on the walls of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury CT Mattatuck Museum

Downtown Restaurants

Italian food and cocktails at Diorio restaurant in Downtown Waterbury Diorio Restaurant & Bar

Downtown Waterbury has food options of all kinds – from grab-and-go to fine dining, from Italian to Latin American – and several dozen restaurants call the Central Business District home. 

Downtown Waterbury offers several dining options that, when coupled with a performance at the Palace Theater or a visit to the Mattatuck Museum, make for a relaxing and memorable experience. 

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The Waterbury Green

The Waterbury Green – considered one of the most attractive downtown parks in New England – and surrounding area comprises the Waterbury Historic Downtown District. The District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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