Haunted attraction planned for Meriden Armory building put on hold

Haunted attraction planned for Meriden Armory building put on hold

MERIDEN — Setbacks in funding and construction have put plans for a haunted attraction at the Meriden Armory building on hold.

Wayne Barneschi, owner of the Trail of Terror in Wallingford, said work has stalled on the  “Armory of Darkness.”

”Not much has happened,” Barneschi said.

Barneschi acquired the building at 241 E. Main St. five years ago. He now estimates renovations, including code work, could cost $1 million.

“It’s a combination of many, many issues that have occurred over the last few years,” Barneschi said. “The building collapsed in many places.”

Barneschi said the weather this spring proved to be especially challenging for building construction. Work might not continue until later this year.

Barneschi said contractors are working on other projects, such as storm recovery, and he is making preparations for the Trail of Terror, which opens in late September.

“Pretty much everything is on hold, our permits ran out and we had to stop [construction],” Barneschi said.

The building, built in 1908, needs to be brought up to current code before it opens to the public. The armory had been vacant for 20 years when it was purchased by Barneschi.

“There are upgrades according to building and fire codes that need to be done,” said City Planner Bob Seale.

Because the building is registered as a historic site it is eligible for funding from various preservation organizations, Seale said. 

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