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March 2, 2015 Deal Watch

Farmington in vitro center relos, expands in town

PHOTOs | Contributed (Top) New Farmington home for the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at 2 Batterson Park Road. (Bottom, left) 750 Old Main St., Rocky Hill. (Bottom, right) 515-521 Connecticut Blvd., E. Hartford.

The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services (CARS) has relocated to new and larger space in Farmington.

Following a ribbon-cutting and move-in earlier this month, the center, a division of Avon-based Women's Health USA, has 75 workers occupying the 20,000-square-foot office building at 2 Batterson Park Road. It was previously housed on the UConn Health Center campus in town. 

More workers will eventually occupy the building, as patient volume and operations demand, a spokeswoman said.

The building is owned by Two Batterson Park LLC, a subsidiary of Women's Health USA.

It was previously unoccupied, once having several medical-related firms as tenants, the spokeswoman said.

The Master's Construction Corp. in Avon oversaw the building's custom makeover, officials said. Women's Health declined to say how much was spent buying and renovating the structure.

Webster Bank financed the redevelopment.

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Michaels Berlin relo

Texas-based décor and arts-and-crafts retailer Michaels has opened a new Berlin store on the Berlin Turnpike.

Opened March 1, the new 21,360-square-foot location has about 60 workers at 259 Berlin Turnpike. It replaces a former Michaels location at 196 Kitts Lane, in Newington, the retailer said.

The company has 1,166 Michaels and 121 Aaron Brothers stores in the U.S. and Canada.

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Old Main, Rocky Hill tenants

Three tenants have chosen to take up residence at Rocky Hill's 750 Old Main St. office building.

Signing with landlord Worthing Properties LLC for space in the three-story building adjacent to Rocky Hill town offices are: Humanidad Inc., 1,674 square feet; RZ Design, 3,000 square feet; and Allied Electronics, 1,744 square feet.

Colliers International was the lease broker for this property. 

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Ex-Staples site pitched

The empty Staples office-supply store in the shadow of East Hartford's “dealership row'' is available for lease, brokers say.

The 24,410-square-foot corner location at 515-521 Connecticut Blvd. became expendable after Staples was acquired by rival Office Depot.

According to listing broker O,R&L Commercial, landlord The Bakery Center LLC is asking for a triple-net rent of $11.25 a square foot, and is willing to hear lease offers for half the space in the 22-year-old, brick-and-masonry building. It has a single dock and 15-foot height clearances.

The boulevard frontage for the 2.61-acre site that was once a bakery gets an average 13,000 vehicles passing by daily, O,R&L says. It also offers 100 spaces of expandable parking.

Gregory Seay is the Hartford Business Journal News Editor.

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