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August 11, 2014 Deal Watch

For $1.4M, Express Kitchens blends with city’s N. Meadows

Photo | Contributed Charles Computer Services leased space above Middletown's Luce Restaurant, 98 Washington St.

North End Hartford kitchen-cabinet maker/retailer Express Kitchens paid $1.35 million for a 120,000-square-foot industrial/distribution facility at 231 Weston St., in the city's North Meadows.

Colliers International was sole broker in the sale of the 5.31-acre property along the stretch of Weston Street, often referred to as “dealership row'' for its string of auto showrooms, by Florida landlord 231 Weston Street LLC.

All Express Kitchens cabinet-making will eventually be housed there, Colliers broker Nick Morizio said. Express will remain at its 50,000-square-foot facility at 3080 Main St., but expand into its new property in the North Meadows.

If the 231 Weston St. address rings a bell with regular Deal Watch readers, it should. Our June 30 edition reported that ELG Utica Alloys Inc. signed with the previous owner for 22,000 square feet of warehouse space in that same building.

Morizio said that was a six-month lease, at the end of which ELG will vacate and Express will have the building all to itself.

Middletown leases inked

Middletown has had a spate of office and retail leases in which Trevor Davis Commercial Real Estate LLC was involved as broker.

At Middletown Business Park, between Middle Street and Industrial Park Road, All Star Software Systems leased 6,236 square feet to expand at 440 Smith St. Security Plus leased 3,200 square feet at 436 Smith St. Trevor Davis represented the Landlord, BostonMiddletown LLC, and Jennifer Gosselin of CBRE/New England represented the tenant.

The Hartford Courant leased 5,300 square feet at 440 Middlefield St. from landlord Middletown Revival LLC. The rehabilitated, four-building complex houses Baldwin Pergolas and Furniture and other tenants. Trevor Davis Commercial represented the Landlord. CBRE/New England represented The Courant.

At 438 Main St., at the corner of Washington Street, home to Mikado Japanese Sushi Restaurant and others, several leases were signed.

Attorney Richard Croce leased 630 square feet; Innovative Partners, worksite benefits and communication specialist, leased 912 square feet; and Cuttco Marketing leased 998 square feet. HTA Main Inc. is landlord. Trevor Davis Commercial was sole broker.

At 98 Washington St., at the corner of Main Street, above Luce Restaurant, Charles Computer Services leased 2,500 square feet, and Change Inc. signed for 3,618 square feet, from landlord RAMO Inc. Trevor Davis Commercial was sole broker.

S/L/A/M’s STEM work

Glastonbury architects S/L/A/M Collaborative Inc. says it has recently gotten several STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) engagements from a trio of out-of-state colleges.

Contract durations and terms for all but one weren't disclosed.

At Rhode Island's Providence College, S/L/A/M is performing space utilization and needs assessment of the school's chemistry, biology, physics and psychology departments. PC's science program is housed inside three adjoining buildings from different eras, totaling 64,000 square feet.

The scope of the Providence work includes reviewing opportunities for new student gathering/ common spaces for informal learning, enhanced building identity within the campus, and to provide a more pronounced entry point to the building complex.

In Fredericksburg, Va., University of Mary Washington invited S/L/A/M, in association with Commonwealth Architects, to design a 40,000-square-foot addition and 20,000-square-foot renovation to its four-story Jepson Science Center — construction valued at about $18.4 million. The building houses, among other programs, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, and physics.

In Dallas, Pa., Misericordia University approached S/L/A/M regarding a space planning project for the Hafey McCormick Science facility. S/L/A/M was awarded the project and is completing a space assessment that will help the university provide adequate, flexible space to accommodate existing programs and future growth in the sciences.

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