NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some Norwalk items of note:
- Duleep’s space ‘available’ – but not for sale
- Currie’s for sale
- Kleppin gives POCD update
- Hempstead: Norwalk is a bedroom community for Stamford
‘Available’ – but not for sale
“Ganga Building(s) for sale!!!” was the subject line of a news tip NancyOnNorwalk received from a reader this week.
Actually, commercial space at 45 Wall St. and 29 Wall St. is available for rent.
NAI Signature Group does not list a price on the spaces, but says nearly 1,600 square feet is available on the first floor of 29 Wall St., a “restaurant/tavern/bar/nightclub or other,” and two suites are available at 41-45 Wall St., with 1,250 square feet in one and 1,350 square feet in the other.
Both buildings are owned by Ganga Duleep. The building at 45 Wall has sat dilapidated since it was heavily damaged by a fire in August 2010, drawing scathing criticisms that it was holding the neighborhood back. The city cited it for blight but no fines have been levied, with Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland consistently reporting that progress was being made, despite neighborhood reports to the contrary.
On Thursday, Ireland forwarded an email he received May 31 from contractor Demetrios Panteleakis listing the status of renovations:
- “-all framing ground level complete but for facade awaiting redevelopment approval
- “-rough plumbing complete
- “-rough electrical complete
- “-sprinkler piping 80% complete”
On Saturday, a worker was leaning out of a third-floor window opening, apparently scraping paint from the window frame.
Also for sale
Other interesting real estate listings include:
- 599 West Ave., a.k.a. Currie’s Tire, price not disclosed
- 7 Wall St., a.k.a. Peach’s Southern Pub & Juke Joint, price not disclosed
- 455 West Ave., the oriental rug store, listed at $1.64 million
- 467 Connecticut Ave., the Chick-Fil-A, listed at $3.75 million
- 29 North Main St., The Palace Production Center, listed at $2.9 million
- 696 West Ave., which includes a CVS and the Shoe-Mart, listed at $9.2 million
- 22 Cross St., Rallye Tire, listed at $985,000
- 42 Van Zant, listed at $2.8 million
- 65 Van Zant, listed at $1.3 million
- 83 East Ave., a medical building, listed at $5.25 million
Developer Paxton Kinol has said that he tried to buy 455 West Ave. for use in the Waypointe development but gave up because the owner “just keeps negotiating.”
Regarding the Palace, Nancy McGuire’s listing states, “Award-winning Palace Production Center is the most extensively outfitted production/digital media building between Boston and New York. This has been the home to one of the largest and most well-known new media companies on the east coast.”
There have been some consistent themes as Norwalk gathers input for a new 10-year city-wide master plan, also known as a Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin told Common Council Planning Committee members last week.
People want Norwalk to be more mobile, more bike and pedestrian friendly and Stantec, the consulting firm hired to help with the effort, is working on ideas for connecting the “little nodes and village areas” that are Norwalk, he said.
The visioning series has concluded. Kleppin said he’d given Stantec marching orders to draft a POCD that is concise and actionable, not a laundry list of thoughts. He’s hoping for ideas on economic development, given that Norwalk is interconnected with Stamford and the northeast region.
A draft will be provided to the Council and the POCD Oversight Committee before it goes public, and a final draft developed for review in two public sessions, he said.
Hempstead voices concerns about apartments
Common Council member Doug Hempstead (R-District D) asked if maybe the new POCD could list the positives and negatives of apartments versus single family homes, and the effects they have on specific neighborhoods.
The plan will talk about housing needs, in terms of affordability but may not get to the level of detail Hempstead was looking for, Kleppin replied.
Kleppin said he’d been to an economic development meeting, where a Stamford economic development coordinator talked about apartment buildings.
Companies relocate to Stamford because of the density that’s been created, with employers liking the concentration downtown in proximity to transit, he reported the Stamford official as saying, adding, “that same narrative has been playing out in other areas as well.”
“That’s great. Stamford has a couple of abilities to do things that Norwalk does not,” Hempstead replied, asserting that Norwalk does not have available office space nor the ability to build campuses and offices.
“It seems that Norwalk has turned back into somewhat of a bedroom community for Stamford,” Hempstead said.
Kleppin said he wanted to do a study of Norwalk’s industrial zones, but the city denied funding.