MERIDEN — Two landmark downtown properties were sold last week to out-of-state buyers.
The Meriden Masonic Temple Foundation sold its building at 112-116 E. Main St. to the TienYuen Foundation Inc. for $425,000. The building that until recently served as the campus for Middlesex Community College sold to a Massachusetts investor for $590,000.
The three-story historic temple has 20,250 square feet, much more than the current Mason membership requires, said Toby Brimberg, listing agent with OR&L
The TienYuen Foundation will allow the Masons to continue using the building for a few months while the Masons finalize a deal for a smaller temple in Meriden, Brimberg said. They only need about 5,000 square feet and have a site selected.
He said the size and layout of the East Main Street building suited the buyer’s needs.
”They plan on making it into an Asian temple,” Brimberg said.
The building has three kitchens and 70 parking spaces, plus an adjacent parcel for more parking. It is in the city’s transit-oriented district.
Sean Moore, president of the Midstate Chamber of Commerce, said a temple with a larger membership could draw more foot traffic downtown. Members might visit downtown businesses and use increased rail services.
Alan Solomon of East Haddam sold the former Meriden Center campus building at 53-55 W. Main St. to Huong Le of Wellesley, Mass.
This was the first time in 25 years the five-story building had been on the market, according to a listing. It had served as the downtown campus for Middlesex Community College for about a decade before the college moved to Platt High School last August. Three floors also housed state Department of Children and Families employees. Those employees moved to 1 W. Main St. when the department’s lease expired.
According to a commercial listing, the 31,600-square-foot space is now vacant. It has been remodeled several times since it was built in 1889 and is well maintained. It also has access to 80 parking spaces in the parking garage behind it.
“Middlesex made some improvements that will stay with the building, Moore said. “I think it’s ready for the next tenant. I’d be really excited to see that fill up quickly and I’ll be happy to help with that.”
Juliet Burdelski, director of Economic Development, said that she had not been in contact with the new owners.
“I just saw that both recently closed,” Burdelski said. “I will be reaching out to see how we can assist.”
The new owners could not be reached for comment.