BERLIN — Town officials and developers broke ground this week on the first of four buildings planned at the Steele Center on Farmington Avenue.
The planned $17 million mixed-use development will offer 76 market-rate one and two-bedroom apartments, along with 19,000 square feet of restaurant, retail, and medical office space.
The first building, slated to be completed by the end of this year, will have about 7,000 square feet of commercial space, including outdoor dining, as well as 16 market-rate apartments.
“We are so happy to get this project started and I think it’s going to be a development that will spur more development here on Farmington Avenue,” Mayor Mark Kaczynski said during a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday.
In 2017, five developers responded to the town’s request for proposals. Southington-based Newport Realty Group was ultimately selected.
Newport Realty Group principals Mark Lovley and Tony Valenti said they have a positive partnership with the Town of Berlin, Thomaston Savings Bank — which is providing financing for Steele Center — and other state and local partners.
“It has taken some time and energy but it really has been a pure partnership,” said town Economic Development Director Chris Edge. “Take a look at this area in a couple of years and how different it’s going to be. We really appreciate everybody’s support.”