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March 18, 2021

Vertical construction to start on Berlin mixed-use project

HBJ Photo | Steve Laschever Mark Lovley (left) and Tony Valenti outside the Berlin train station, adjacent to their Steele Center mixed-use project.

Developers on Monday will break ground on an $18 million mixed-use project adjacent to the Berlin train station.

Slated for completion by the end of this year, the building -- which is the first of four planned for the four-acre parcel located along Farmington Avenue -- will contain about 7,000 square feet of retail space and room for outdoor dining, with 16 market-rate apartments above, according to Mark Lovley, who is developing the Steele Center project with his Newport Realty Group business partner Anthony Valenti.

Rendering | QA+M Architecture
A rendering of the mixed-use Steele Center project in Berlin.

Lovley said the pair hopes to break ground on the second building this fall.

Newport held a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Gov. Ned Lamont last September as contractors began building Steele Boulevard, the road that will connect the Steele Center buildings to the nearby train station and its parking lot.

The project is one of a number of so-called transit-oriented developments spurred by the state’s investment in the Hartford Rail Line. 

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