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MERIDEN — With the arrival of Edge Fitness and a PetSmart, city officials believe by the beginning of next year, almost all of Townline Square will be leased.
During the next several months, new storefronts will be popping up including a Connex Credit Union, a Miracle Ear and 5 Below. The plaza’s parking lot is also getting a makeover. Construction crews have been working to repave and reorganize the aging lot.
Wing Biddle, president of Greenwich based Urstadt Biddle Properties which owns Townline Aquare, said Fitness Edge, which is moving into a space closer to Route 5, should be open before the end of the year and the PetSmart should open by early January.
The Miracle Ear will take the place of the former Judicial Department office in the south of the plaza across of the Big Y and should be open by the end of the year, Biddle said.
The 5 Below, a discount retail store, will lease a portion of the former Old Navy, Biddle said. He said it should open by May. The Connex will move in near the Edge Fitness and is expected to open in 2014, he said.
“This is all a good thing,” said Assistant City Planner Tom Skoglund.
Last year plans were approved to re-do the parking lot, Skoglund said. He said the lot is aging and the traffic flow isn’t the best.
“They’re going to simplify,” he said.
Motorists driving along the South Broad Street plaza may have noticed the large machinery and equipment doing work. Parts of the parking lot are blocked off as the crews work to improve the lot.
When construction is complete, people who drive into the plaza by the south end, near the Pier One, will drive through a rotary, Skoglund said. They’ll drive around a circle to get down to the Big Y or new fitness center, he said.
More parking spots are also supposed to come out of the renovations, he said.
“It’s great,” said Juliet Burdelski, the city’s economic development coordinator. “The whole plaza is almost all leased.”
The north portion of the plaza had been vacant since the Old Navy moved to the Westfield Meriden mall last year and Chuck E. Cheese closed.
Linens N’ Things left in 2008, leaving its storefront to be occupied seasonally by a Halloween store.
The plaza, which straddles the Meriden-Wallingford line but is mostly in Meriden, is one of the city’s top 10 taxpayers and paid $756,135 in the last fiscal year.
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