WALLINGFORD — A mixed-use downtown building has a new commercial tenant, but property developers are tight-lipped on what’s going there.
Jonathan Guillen, owner of 58 Center St., said Tuesday that the tenant slated to occupy the roughly 1,000-square-foot space is “a national brand” but declined to elaborate.
The project manager, believed to be from CRBE, did not return requests for comment.
The store has been vacant since Wallingford Optical closed in 2015, which occupied the space for 10 years.
Guillen said he purchased the building in June 2018 through a partnership and then bought out his partner.
According to the building permit, slated work to the interior includes demolition of non-load bearing walls and removal of old shelving and carpeting.
The construction value is $1,500.
According to town property records, 58 Center St. was built in 1900, has three stories and a total square footage of 9,710. There are three commercial spaces and 11 apartments.
Joe Mirra, town Economic Development Commission chairman, said Tuesday that the storefront, at the corner of Center and Meadow streets, is a “unique location.”
The windowfront views on both streets give it good visibility, he said.
“From the way the door is set,” Mirra said, “you can see the entrance coming up the street, and going down.”
He said that the EDC is working on filling other downtown vacancies.
“We’re still working on the downtown and the incentive housing zones,” he said. “Those are two ongoing projects that we’re always working on."
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