Naugatuck Mayor Bob Mezzo said a medical office use for Parcel C downtown is “one of the highest and best uses you can have” for that site and he added he is extremely happy with the proposal.
The Borough has reached a consensus to sell Parcel C to developers Rob Oris and John Lombard for $150,000. In return they plan to construct a two to three story medical office building and a sit-down restaurant at the corner of Maple and Water streets, the Waterbury Republican-American reports.
The Borough as part of the agreement will tear down an existing building at 158 Maple Street costing $98,000.
Mezzo added the proposed restaurant use is also an important amenity for downtown.
The parcel downtown has sat empty for decades. Mezzo said it appeared the entire downtown would get a massive facelift in 2003 when a developer agreed with the borough to construct hundreds of upscale condos and residents approved the plans in a 2007 referendum. But the economy collapsed and the project fell by the wayside and in 2012 the borough and the developer went their separate ways.