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First townhouses in downtown Southington development near completion

First townhouses in downtown Southington development near completion

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SOUTHINGTON — The first townhouses at a new housing development off Main Street are nearly complete and the first residents plan to move in at the end of next month.

Local developer Mark Lovley and Homestake Capital, a New Jersey-based company, are building 23 townhouses for sale as well as 41 age-restricted rental units. The homes are going up on Forgione Drive, a private road off Eden Avenue parallel to Main Street.

The townhouses are split among three buildings in various stages of construction. The one nearest to completion has six townhouses with an end unit, with a first-floor master bathroom and other handicapped-accessible features.

Two of the townhouses in that building, nearest to Eden Avenue, are already sold.

“We’re happy with the two sales, we have a lot of people interested,” said Michael Kokes, Homestake managing principal. “The units are great.”

Lovley said the proximity to restaurants and shops downtown is a big selling point. Out-of-state buyers are also attracted to new construction.

“We’re seeing young professionals who want to walk to town,” he said.

The townhouses each have two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, nine-foot ceilings on both the first and second floor and a one-car garage.

Most sell for $229,900 and run more than 1,100 square feet. The larger first-floor master bedroom units are priced at $259,900.

Lovley said paving will start at the end of the month. Construction on the 41-unit apartment building will begin once the townhouse buildings are further along.

The development, Eden & Main, is a platinum sponsor of the town’s Apple Harvest Festival and the festival’s fireworks. Kokes said the company will have a booth at the festival and offer tours of one of the townhouses.

Lovley proposed 80 units of housing at the site in 2015. Diversified Realty Advisors, a New Jersey-based company, later took over the project from him.

The company also had the Greenway Commons project downtown, as well, but has since left both.

Lovley and Homestake Capital took over and got construction started in the spring.
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