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Old Tavern Road Mixed-Use Development

Underutilized suburban shopping center repurposed as Residential/Commercial Development

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.

Type:
Adaptive reuse and renovation of former shopping center

Program:
Three-story mixed-use building of 72 apartments and ground-floor commercial/retail; renovation of existing bank building

Area:
103,357 sf building on 6.6-acre site

Construction Cost:
Withheld upon request

Project Status:
In design

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