Updated, 7:51 p.m.: More information.
NORWALK, Conn. — If you think there’s nothing going on at 45 Wall St., you’re mistaken, according to Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland.
Wall Street businessman Mike McGuire on Monday said he hadn’t seen any work being done on the dilapidated building – which is across the street from his office – since before Christmas. NancyOnNorwalk contacted Ireland, who sent a series of photos.
The photos were in an email dated Tuesday, sent to Ireland from Demetrios Panteleakis of DP Consulting.
“All work is taking place inside the building’ right now, nothing has stopped,” Ireland said.
The building has sat dilapidated since it was heavily damaged by a fire in August 2010, earning a reputation as holding the neighborhood back.
Norwalk had been pursuing owner Ganga Duleep under the commercial blight ordinance, threatening her with fines of $100 a day, until the work began. The fines are on hold but would be backdated to December, 2016, if the blighted condition is not resolved, Ireland said in March.
Construction began more than a year ago. In October, Ireland said, “They are rebuilding it from the ground up new.”
On Monday, Ireland confirmed that a flooring system was built first for the second floor on up, and then an outside wall was repaired, at the top of the building. Now, work is progressing on the bottom floor, he said.
The email from Ireland was copied to Norwalk Preservation Trust President Tod Bryant.
Bryant said Saturday evening that he’s been getting weekly updates on the building from Ireland. He does think progress is being made, as shown in the photos, he said.
“This building currently has approved state and federal preservation plans for Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits,” Bryant wrote in July. “Whatever is being done must follow those plans. Building codes also play a role in what can and can’t be done to a building that was burned and then left exposed to the elements for years. In the end, this building will continue to be part of the historic Wall Street streetscape. The fact that even the façade will be saved is a miracle.”
The photos from Ireland: