September 4, 2017
Deal Watch

Connecticut DSS leases Willimantic offices

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1320 Main St., Willimantic section of Windham.
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430 New Park Ave., West Hartford.
Gregory Seay

The state of Connecticut has leased 10,752 square feet of office space in Windham's Willimantic section for the Department of Social Services (DSS).

The 10-year lease covers space in Tyler Square, 1320 Main St., that DSS will use as administrative offices and for client interactions, according to sole broker Lyman Real Estate Brokerage & Development.

The state Department of Administrative Services negotiated on DSS' behalf with landlord Roy Lyman.

With the DSS lease, there remains 3,185 square feet of space available in the building, Lyman Real Estate, said.

West Hartford Price Cut

The unsold 1.81-acre West Hartford tract formerly home to an auto-parts store and repair garage on New Park Avenue has a lower asking price.

The new quote of $1.39 million is about 21 percent below the initial asking price for the triangular parcel at 540 New Park Ave., at the corner of Oakwood Avenue, directly across the road from gunmaker Colt's, said listing broker Reno Properties Group Inc.

The site also has a 22,000-square-foot building that previously was an Acme Auto Parts store. Previously, it housed an auto-repair operation.

Since owner The Grody Co. of West Hartford initially offered the property for sale in spring 2015 at $1.77 million, commercial development has continued on both sides of New Park Avenue, the de facto divider between Hartford and West Hartford.

Its potential for retail development has only increased since then, Reno officials said.

Last February, Georgia fast-food franchisor Chick-fil-A opened a store adjacent to Aldi's supermarket in the retail plaza that also houses BJ's Wholesale and Home Depot. About a quarter-mile south on New Park, the West Hartford Housing Authority is erecting a mixed-income apartment building, adjacent to the CTfastrak station at New Britain Avenue.

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