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March 28, 2016 Deal Watch

Hands On Hartford's $6.5M community space debuts

PHOTO | Contributed Hands On Hartford Center for Community, 55 Bartholomew Ave.
PHOTO | Contributed Close To Home Sewing Machine Center, 277 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury.

Nonprofit Hands On Hartford has opened its $6.5 million Hands On Hartford Center for Community in the city's Parkville neighborhood.

Thirteen second-floor apartments are part of the 22,197-square-foot first phase at 55 Bartholomew Ave., formerly site of the Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant, in the Parkville Neighborhood Revitalization Zone.

The center also includes refurbished commercial kitchen and café space, a food pantry, a volunteer action center and meeting space, said Hands on Hartford Executive Director Barbara Shaw. 

Thirty additional living units are set for the next phase, Shaw said.

The restoration preserved and repurposed two historic buildings in the Parkville neighborhood, both of which are listed on the state and federal registers of historic places. 55 Bartholomew was originally part of the Hartford Rubber Works Co., later the home of Champlin Box Co. and Spaghetti Warehouse, and more recently, Trout Brook Brewhouse.

Hartford's Crosskey Architects LLC was the designer. Naek Construction Co. Inc. was general contractor.

Construction on the second building is expected to start later this year, finishing in 2017. Development cost for the second building is not yet final, officials said.

$1.8M Hamden acreage sale

The former Centerville Lumber properties, the last available large development parcel in Hamden, sold recently for $1.8 million, brokers say.

The estate of Oscar Roos and Centerville Lumber Inc. sold the 5.5-acre site to Jordan Properties LLC, according to listing broker Press/Cuozzo Realtors.

Located on Whitney Avenue near the intersection of Dixwell Avenue, the site has a pair of commercial buildings that will be reincorporated into a new development planned for the grounds.

Coldwell Banker's W. Hfd. relo

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage plans early this summer to relocate its West Hartford sales office around the corner, into more visible space in the town's center.

Coldwell Banker, with operations in Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y., said it will relocate its 65-person staff housed now at 36 LaSalle Road to the nearly 7,000-square-foot former Chico's fashion store at 992 Farmington Ave., at the corner of Dale Street. Both locations are in the center of town.

S.B. Andrews Co. LLC is landlord for the Farmington Avenue space, which officials say will have state-of-the-art equipment and amenities, including high-definition TV monitors and high-speed wireless Internet for office operations and customer support.

Sentry Commercial represented Coldwell Banker in lease talks. RLM Co. represented the landlord. 

Bernina's Glastonbury relo 

Swiss sewing-machine maker Bernina of America says its only authorized Connecticut dealer has relocated its Glastonbury store to new quarters in town.

The dealer, Close To Home Sewing Machine Center, is now housed at its 6,000-square-foot location at 277 Hebron Ave. Pelletier Builders was general contractor for the building that FLB Architects designed.

The store previously was housed in 5,700 square feet at 2717 Main St. Close To Home has two other stores in Southington and Orange.

Close To Home co-owners Ray and Marilyn Gattinella said their new Glastonbury location provides more space for showcasing Bernina's machines, software, accessories and fabrics; space for machine repairs; a sewing classroom; and a home-decorating center featuring custom home goods.

Bernina of America says it has 19 authorized New England dealers.

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Gregory Seay is the Hartford Business Journal's News Editor.

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