MERIDEN — A local developer has received Planning Commission approval to build a two-story office building on the vacant lot next to Family Dollar store at 1336 E. Main St.
Sam Uddin, who operates a Farmers Insurance agency in Middletown, is planning to build the 10,000-square-foot office building, with eight units that could include a bank with a drive-thru window. Other potential tenants could include an accountant’s office and a small medical practice.
Units would be 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. The site is also next to the future home of Huxley’s Bookmark Cafe.
As a condition of approval, Uddin, whose SMU Holdings LLC purchased the 1.18-acre lot from Paul Giacobbe in 2012 for $130,000, must submit a wetlands maintenance plan to the city.
“This part of the town is growing,” Uddin said in December. “I think offices are in high demand around here.”
Uddin studied the area near Research Parkway and noted the office spaces are in older buildings with larger layouts. He said tenants and workers are looking for smaller, more modern office space. He hopes to begin construction in the spring and work is expected to take seven months.
“I’m very excited about all these things going on (in the neighborhood),” Uddin said. “We have that new restaurant coming up and Family Dollar. I think it’s going to be a good addition to this part of town.”
City officials agreed.
“The concept plan for 1336 E. Main St. fits in well on East Main Street,” said Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski. “Having more professional office space can help draw traffic to the other restaurants and retail space in that part of town, which will be good for the other businesses on the east side.”