NORWALK, Conn. — It may not show from the outside but work is proceeding at 45 Wall St., Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland said.
Ireland provided photos to illustrate the work.
The building has sat dilapidated for years, earning a reputation as holding the neighborhood back, since it was heavily damaged by a fire in August 2010. Ireland said in March that the renovations were about to begin in earnest.
He quoted the project’s construction manager as saying TTD Bank has been the holdup, although many have pointed finger of blame at the building’s owner, Ganga Duleep. The bank was insisting that work be done to a higher standard than had been planned, to protect the value of its collateral, Ireland said.
Norwalk had been pursuing Duleep under the commercial blight ordinance, threatening her with fines of $100 a day. The fines are on hold but would be backdated to Dec. 8 if the blighted condition is not resolved, he said in March, explaining that he’d been promised that the blight will be taken care of in five or six weeks. Plywood window coverings would be removed, new windows installed and the scaffolding taken down, and the historic façade restored.
A mid-September email exchange with Ireland about progress was terse. The building inspector sent multiple photographs, and on Oct. 3, explained that the wooden structure shown behind the building was the kitchen that had been burned down.
“They are rebuilding it from the ground up new,” he said.
He did not offer a time frame for the repairs to the front of the building.