The Torrington Downtown Partners celebrated their three-year anniversary with a small reception at Five Points Gallery, one of the buildings they helped renovate and own, reports The Register Citizen. The partners – David Bender, Steven Temkin and Steven Roth – began in 2010 and quickly set about trying to revitalize, improve and continue developing downtown Torrington. They first purchased seven foreclosed buildings, then added two more a few months later.
Five Points Gallery is their most recent success. Located on the corner of Main Street, the gallery is at the heart of the city’s efforts to transform the downtown area as a sanctuary for the arts. Another main focus for the partners is residential development. Mr. Temkin said the trio’s latest residential project helped renovate 14 apartments in the 20-unit complex at 29 Water St. They are also discussing two new projects, including the possibility of renovating one of their Main Street buildigns into sixteen new units of residential housing over first-floor commercial space as part of CMSC’s Come Home to Downtown program.
CMSC’s Associate Director Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker was also at the event and said a few words to the crowd, offering the Partners her congratulations on all their progress to date.