NORTH HAVEN — The Washington Commons plaza will be looking a little different early next year.
Six new businesses are slated to open in the plaza by spring of 2019, said property owner Joseph Moruzzi.
“The more people we bring in, the more successful it is to the tenants that are already there,” Moruzzi said.
Moruzzi said he’s taken a lot of pride in reviving the Washington Avenue plaza — which already is home to a bank, deli, nail salon, dance studio and more.
“I give a great deal of credit to the new owner (Moruzzi),” First Selectman Michael J. Freda said.
Freda said he’s enjoyed working with Moruzzi, who has put millions into the value of the property.
All of the new storefronts are currently under construction.
Surge Fitness is expected to open in the first quarter of 2019. The 25,000 square foot fitness center will be on the south side of the plaza.
Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union and a new retail cleaning supply store are expected to open by the end of this year. The credit union also offer driver’s license and identification renewals on site in collaboration with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
“That’s going to be a big deal with DMV, they’re gonna bring in a lot of people everyday,” Moruzzi said.
In January, a new ilovekickboxing.com studio is expected to open. Owners Kendra and Vic Cutrone, of Long Island, are currently hiring managers and trainers. They expect to need one manager and about four instructors.
The couple chose to open in North Haven after visiting the area.
“We could have purchased a lot closer to our house, but we really liked it (in North Haven),” Vic Cutrone said. “We want to bring something new and fresh to the area.”
Agency on Aging, a New Haven based company, plans to move in in January.
“We wanted to be more available to walk-ins and be more visible, so we thought a more retail kind of setting would benefit us,” said Agency on Aging president Ted Suhr.
The agency helps seniors and people with disabilities remain in their homes and will have about 70 to 100 employees.
Suhr said the accessible parking lot, close proximity to Route 15 and I-91, and two bus lines that stop at the shopping center were big bonuses.
“I think it's beneficial for everyone, it will certainly bring seniors into town,” Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Vern Carlson said.
A chiropractor is also expected to take over a 1,500 square foot office around the beginning of February.
Moruzzi, of Cheshire, who owns retail and other commercial property in Meriden, Cheshire, Wallingford and Hamden, spent $6.1 million last year to purchase the plaza.
He is also looking for tenants to fill three restaurant spots – a pizzeria, Chinese food, and one that can fill a two-floor, 60,000- square-foot space.
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