23 Colony St Meriden-CHTD Credit Dave Zajac

21-23 Colony St. in Meriden has been targeted for redevelopment through the Connecticut Main Street Center’s “Come Home to Downtown” program | Photo Credit – Dave Zajac / Record-Journal

A Meriden property owner is hoping to create more apartments downtown by participating in CMSC’s Come Home to Downtown program, reports the Meriden Record-Journal.

The Colony Street building, owned by John LaRosa, is listed on the National Register of Historic places, and was home to Fischer’s Fine Foods for many years.  The property is currently vacant aside from a financial company on the first floor.  According tot he town’s economic development director, Mr. LaRosa hopes to convert the building into a dozen apartments with commercial space on the first floor.

Mr. LaRosa and his building were chosen to participate in Connecticut Main Street Center’s “Come Home to Downtown” program, through which Mr. LaRosa will receive architectural help and cost analysis.

This is the second Meriden property chosen for the Come Home to Downtown program, which provides property owners with free architectural services to develop mixed-income housing. In 2014, Meriden’s downtown was chosen for the program because of its proximity to the rail line.

CMSC piloted the program in 2012 in partnership with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.

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