Firelite Plaza in Orange, Connecticut was once a thriving shopping center, popular during the mid/late 20th century. More recently, the nearly-vacant property had fallen into disrepair and was sold.
Kenneth Boroson Architects was contracted by the new owners to determine the feasibility of converting part of the property to mixed-use residential/retail. Our study determined the 6.6-acre property would accommodate a low-rise apartment building with ground-floor retail/office/commercial space.
The storefronts will benefit from the parcel’s location near the busy intersection of Boston Post Road (Route 1) and Racebrook Road, while the apartments will be set back on the property, abutting existing residences.
The three-story apartment building will include a total of 72 dwellings in a mix of one- and two-bedroom units. Planned common areas include a furnished courtyard with fire pit.
Additional landscaping – 67 trees and more than 400 shrubs – will be provided, as will more than 226 parking spaces for residents and plaza customers.
An existing bank, located on the same site, will be renovated in a subsequent phase.
Adaptive reuse and renovation of former shopping center
Three-story mixed-use building of 72 apartments and ground-floor commercial/retail; renovation of existing bank building
103,357 sf building on 6.6-acre site
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