WATERBURY –– Konover Commercial Corp. has won a new five-year contract from the state Department of Administrative Services to manage three office buildings with parking garages. Two are in Waterbury, at 55 West Main Street and 395 West Main Street. The third is
at 59 Field Street in Torrington.
Farrel Complex Fetches $2M
ANSONIA –– Washington Management, LLC has purchased the 398,107 square foot Farrel Corp. complex at 25 Main Street for $1.9 million. Alan Fischer of Fischer Real Estate represented the seller, Ansonia Real Estate Holdings, LLC. Vance Taylor of the Commercial Real Estate Group represented the buyer, which plans to transform the ten-acre downtown site with ten buildings into a mixed-use development with retail, offices and condominiums.
Take It to the Bank
NEW HAVEN –– An 11,306-square-foot brick building at 215 Church Street has been sold for $1.9 million. The Bank of Southern Connecticut currently leases the space for its main branch and corporate offices. Frank Micali of Capitalize 360 Group LLC represented the buyer, Netz-215 Church. Stephen Press of Press/Cuozzo represented the seller, 215 Church Street, LLC.
From Restaurant to Retail
CHESHIRE –– FoodWorks has leased 5,800 square feet at 959 South Main Street, replacing a Chinese restaurant that closed its doors over two years ago.
“I just kept trying to rent it to a restaurant,” says Lorraine Tartaglia, a principal with Tartaglia Commercial Properties of Monroe, which owns the 60,000-square-foot shopping center where FoodWorks will be opening its fourth Connecticut store. “It was too big, and I eventually decided to turn it into retail."
Tartaglia handled the negotiations between the landlord, Cheshire ILMR LLC, and FoodWorks, which is one of her tenants at Clock Tower Square in Monroe, another of the 20 shopping centers her company owns in Connecticut.
Tartaglia has seen an uptick in retail renting as of late.
“We signed eight leases in the last four months,” she reports.
Four leases were at 835 Wolcott Street, Waterbury, where new tenants include AAA, leasing 2,000 square feet and Beltone, leasing 900 square feet. Les Frankoff of Prudential represented AAA.
Another deal was at 477 Main Street, Monroe, where Nuvita Frozen Yogurt signed a five-year lease for 2,486 square feet for its fourth Connecticut store. Jeff Kintzer of Royal Properties represented the tenant.
Crunch Time in Orange
ORANGE –– Crunch Fitness has signed a 15-year lease with two five-year options for 28,000 square feet at 440 Boston Post Road, a vacant space since Office Max departed in 2006. Frank Bowser of PPG Properties was sole broker in the transaction. The landlord is RPAI America.
“We’re building out the fitness center, with a complete demolition of the interior and up to $1 million in renovations,” says PPG CEO Bryan Bowser. “What’s nice is we take it from the minute that we have the idea that a space has got to be leased, we negotiate and lock up the lease, go through permitting for the town, build it out and at the end of the day hand them the key. We also manage the property.
“We’re looking at an early May  opening,” Bowser adds.
In December 2012, PPG brokered a similar deal for 22,000 square feet for a Crunch Fitness gym at 1100 Barnum Avenue in Stratford.
“We will be doing several other ones, targeting Stamford, Danbury and other areas,” Bowser explains.
Over the past couple of years PPG has filled vacant storefronts, many on the Boston Post Road in Orange, with businesses including Hibachi Grill and Jake’s Wayback Burgers.
“We concentrate on large boxes and small,” Bowser says. “Instead of taking clients from across the street we go out of the state and find companies looking to expand in Connecticut.”
In October, two days after Hurricane Sandy, PPG brokered a 4,100-square-foot lease deal for a State Farm disaster claims center in Orange, at 477 Boston Post Road.
Celldex Leases in Branford
BRANFORD –– Celldex Therapeutics Inc. has leased 6,600 square feet at 688 East Main Street. Cameron Duffy of Jones Lang LaSalle represented the tenant. Kristin Geenty of the Geenty Group, Realtors represented the landlord, Parish Farm Partners, LLC.
Broker to Biz Park
BRANFORD –– Investment One Equity Brokers, LLC has leased 1,040 square feet at 9 Business Park Drive. Barry Stratton of the Geenty Group, Realtors represented the landlord, Bellaire Properties, LLC. Edward Shattuck of Greater New Haven Realty represented the tenant.
Not Bailing on E. Haven
EAST HAVEN –– New England Bail Bonds, LLC has leased 650 square feet at 57 High Street. Barry Stratton of the Geenty Group, Realtors was sole broker in the transaction. The landlords are Gury and Felicia Grippo.
Security Firm Pens 5-Year Lease
HAMDEN –– Ducibella Venter & Santoro has signed a five-year lease for 3,400 square feet at 1004 Sherman Avenue. Joel Nesson of Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services was sole broker in the deal, representing the security consulting and engineering firm and the landlord, WTE 1020 Sherman LLC.
Rocking Out in Madison
MADISON –– The School of Rock has leased 3,000 square feet at 845 Boston Post Road. Steve Inglese and Rob Montesi of the New Haven Group represented the tenant. Frank Hird of OR& L Commercial represented the landlord, David Realty, LLC.
Digitech to Research Drive
MILFORD –– Digitech Imaging Solutions, LLC has leased 800 square feet at 249 Research Drive. Scott Zakos of Vidal Wettenstein represented Digitech. Bill Clark of the Geenty Group, Realtors represented the landlord, D’Amato Investments, LLC.
Ten-Year Deal for Builder
NORTH HAVEN — A-Plus Building Supply, LLC has signed a ten-year lease valued at $700,000 for 171 McDermott Road. The property includes a 9,000-square-foot industrial building and three acres of parking and outside storage area. Steve Miller of Levey Miller Maretz Commercial Real Estate Services was the sole broker. The landlords are Anthony DePaola and Vincent DePaola.
Tapped Out on Rt. 1
ORANGE –– Prime 16 Tap House & Burgers has leased 5,000 square feet at 464 Boston Post Road. Mike Richetelli and Fred A. Messore of Colonial Properties were the sole brokers. The landlord is Leveraged Equities, LTD.
NORTH HAVEN –– Frank Hird has high hopes for the rebirth of the 165-acre former Pratt & Whitney property at 409-415 Washington Avenue.
“There’s going to be very significant activity there over the next five years,” predicts Hird, vice president of OR& L Commercial, which has the exclusive listing for the site.
OR&L recently announced plan to create a “NewConn Intermodal Park” on the site, and is marketing the property as “the largest industrial development site” in southern Connecticut. The outdated 1.3-million-square-foot Pratt & Whitney building will be razed, and Hird expects demolition work to begin in the next month or so.
“It’s a fantastic site, with a four-lane road going in and out, and easy access to I-91 and the Wilbur Cross parkway,” Hird says. “We could put a rail siding in. It has heavy power available, city water, city sewer and there is a very large high-pressure gas line on the property.”
Hird became interested in the site last summer, while seeking space to construct a building for a client. But the owners, 409-451 Washington Ave. Partners, “didn’t want to sell what amounted to a small lot,” Hird recalls. “Being a broker, I did the natural follow-up question: ‘Well, what are you doing with the property?’ It really was set up for a single user and just doesn’t work for the requirements of today’s marketplace. We advised them to demolish the building, and they gave us the listing.”
The property is generating “significant interest,” Hird reports, “from a wide variety of companies looking for large modern buildings that would include office, warehouse distribution and potentially any kind of manufacturing.
“We’ve developed a wide variety of plans, and we can accommodate anything from 100,000 to over one million square feet,” he adds. “We’ll deliver what the market demands. Even if they aren’t LEED buildings, they will be more efficient because modern building techniques are so far advanced.”
OR&L many not necessarily construct the buildings, Hird says, because the owners could decide to sell lots to buyers bringing in their own builders.
Hird also is bullish about other defunct manufacturing properties he’s marketing. “The former 650,000-square-foot Pratt & Whitney building (at 75 Aircraft Road) in Southington, is getting good activity,” he says. “So is the former ThermoSpas (a 140,000-square-foot structure at 155 East Street in Wallingford featuring 24-foot clear ceiling heights and 80-column spacing).
“It has got me thinking,” Hird concludes, that “this is going to be a
WALLINGFORD –– Citing four consecutive quarters of increased sales deposits last year, Candace Adams, CEO and president of Prudential Connecticut Realty, sees “positive signs” for the Connecticut residential market. “Based on our fourth quarter report  findings, sales should continue to recover [in 2013], with prices leveling off and stabilizing,” Adams reports. The company’s fourth-quarter market report also found more Connecticut residents choosing to buy rather than rent than in the previous three years, and that record low interest rates and low prices would gradually increase sales of existing homes and new housing permits “through 2013 and beyond.”
BOSTON — There’s more evidence of recovery in the residential market. According to a new Warren Group report, sales of single family homes in Connecticut rose 14.8 percent to 24,276 in 2012, compared with 21,141 in 2011. In addition, 2012 was the best year since 2009, when there were 24,401 sales, according to the Warren Group.
New Home for Olde Ways
HAMDEN –– Olde Ways, LLC has purchased an 18,5000-square-foot industrial building at 1050 Sherman Avenue for $575.000. Stephen Press and Joel Nesson of Press/Cuozzo represented the seller, LILEE Association, LLC, while Press procured the buyer.
$72 Million Milford Deal
MILFORD –– Two portfolios totaling 335 multifamily units and 47,6000 square feet have been purchased for $72.4 million.
Victor Nolletti and Steve Witten of Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a multifamily brokerage division of Marcus & Millichap, arranged the sales to Perpetual Real Estate Partners, LP and Wolff Enterprises II, LLC.
Perpetual Real Estate Partners LP bought Spinnaker Wharf, Spinnaker Walk and Spinnaker Square — a portfolio overlooking Milford Harbor with 107 rental units and 38,963 square feet of retail/commercial space in downtown Milford –– for $31,800,138. “This is irreplaceable real estate,” Witten said in a statement.
Wolf Enterprises paid $40,603,227 for Spinnaker Brook, Spinnaker Chase, Spinnaker Crest, Spinnaker Green, Spinnaker Hunt and Spinnaker Station –– a portfolio with 228 multifamily units and 8,731 square feet of commercial space near the Milford train station. “These assets are poised to provide excellent returns for their respective investors,” Nolletti said.
Middletown Apts. Fetch $27M
MIDDLETOWN –– Windshire Terrace, an 11-building property with 226 apartments on 15 acres at 72 Forest Glen Circle, has been sold for $27 million. The buyer, Fairfield Residential Co, was self-represented. CB Richard Ellis represented the seller, New Boston Fund.
One In, One Out in Milford
MILFORD –– KBC Electronics Inc. has purchased an 8,044-square-foot industrial building at 273 Pepes Farm Road for $630,000. KBC, which makes products for the automotive, medical, military and residential markets, acquired the property from Baron Consulting. Baron will move to 181 Research Drive, where it recently signed a lease for 3,200 square feet. The landlord is D’Amato Investments. Baron’s services include chemical analysis, and environmental, biochemical, biotechnical and industrial hygiene testing.
Angel Commercial was the sole broker in the purchase and lease negotiations. “The needs and requirements of KBC Electronics and Baron Consulting were ideally matched in terms of property specifications and timings,” said company president Jon Angel.
Pricy N.H. Parking Garage
NEW HAVEN –– A five-acre parking and repair facility with an 8,000-square-foot garage at 164-170 Middletown Avenue has been sold for $1,850,000. The buyer is 170 Middletown Ave., LLC. The sellers were Salvatore and Louis DeLucia. Marty Ruff of Levey Miller Maretz was the sole broker in the transaction.
APT Buys in No. Haven
NORTH HAVEN –– The APT Foundation has purchased a 10,145-square-foot building sited on 2.45 acres at 352 State Street for $1 million. Steve Miller of Levey Miller Maretz represented the buyer. Ken Ginsberg of NAI Elite represented the seller, L&M Realty, LLC.
Some Assembly Required
STRATFORD –– Cactus, LLC has purchased an 11,181-square-foot building at 300 Benton Street for $760,000. The seller was 300 Benton Street Associates, LLC. Cactus will use some 4,500 square feet for light assembly and storage; the remainder of the building is leased to long-term tenants. Angel Commercial represented both parties in the deal.
Guralnick Legend Grows
BRANFORD –– Research & Design Innovations LLC has signed a five-year lease for 7,350 feet at 33 Business Place Drive. Rich Gualnick of H. Pearce Commercial was sole broker in the transaction. The landlord is Business 2 Park Realty.
Things Cooking for Caterer
BRANFORD –– Catering By Christine has inked a two-year lease for 1,850 square feet at 906 West Main Street. Brita McGee of Colonial Properties was the sole broker. The landlords are Bruno and Angela Ceniccola.
MILFORD –– Delphis Woodworks, LLC has leased 800 square feet at 233 Research Drive. Geenty Group Senior Vice President Bill Clark was sole agent in the deal. The landlord is D’Amato Investments.
Plantscaper’s Biz Blooming
MILFORD –– Connecticut Plantscaping has leased 800 square feet at 225 Research Drive for storing and distributing indoor plants.
The Geenty Group’s Bill Clark represented the landlord, D'Amato Investments, LLC. Noreen Daniells of Coldwell Banker represented the tenant.
From Bagels to Braciola
MILFORD –– Piada Italian Kitchen has penned a five-year lease for 2,600 square feet at 1590 Boston Post Road, formerly occupied by Village Bagels. Brita McGee of Colonial Properties was the sole broker. The landlord is Milford Post Associates, LLC.
Milford Industrial Lease
MILFORD –– American Custom, LLC has leased approximately 3,000 square feet of industrial space at 43 Eastern Steel Road. Angel Commercial represented the tenant and the landlord, Connors Properties, LLC.
Marlin Biz Ctr. Lures Non-Profit
NEW HAVEN –– Coordinating Council for Children in Crisis Inc. has signed an 11-year lease for 10,500 square feet at the Marlin Business Center, 235 Nicoll Street. Steve Miller of Levey Miller Maretz represented the tenant. Richard Lee of OR&L Commercial, represented the landlord, 85 Willow Street NH, LLC.
New Papa John’s in Orange
ORANGE – Papa John's Pizza has signed a five-year lease for 2,000 square feet at 112 Boston Post Road. Brita McGee of Colonial Properties represented the tenant. Tyler Lyman of RHYS represented the landlord, Post Hill Limited Partnership.
Firelite Lures New Tenant
ORANGE –– Mercury Medical has leased 900 square feet of office space for three years at the Firelite Shopping Center, 35 Old Tavern Road. Brita McGee of Colonial Properties represented the tenant. Royal Properties represented the landlord, Orange Firelite Properties LLC.
M&A Firm to Woodbridge
WOORDBRIDGE –– The Woodbridge Group, LLC has signed a lease at 1764 Litchfield Turnpike that includes the build-out of 3,000 square feet. Steve Miller of Levey Miller Maretz represented the tenant, an international mergers and acquisitions firm. Steven Ingeles of the New Haven Group represented the owner, 1764 Litchfield Turnpike, LLC.
By Jove, It’s Bicuspids!
NEW HAVEN –– Dentist Shyam Desai has signed a six-year lease for 2,500 square feet at 883 Whalley Avenue. Steve Miller of Levey Miller Maretz represented the landlord, 883 Whalley Avenue, LLC. John LaBella of ReMax Right Choice represented the tenant.
Commercial Realtors celebrate top transactions of 2012
The Greater New Haven Board of Realtors’ Commercial Investment Division (CID) convened December 13 at Racebrook Country Club in Orange for its annual awards for superlative real estate transactions by member commercial Realtors in 2012.
Along with sharing holiday cheer members discussed with a reporter their view that 2012 remained a challenging year for business, especially regarding bank financing. Most in the group said it was a third year of progress and anticipated that 2013 would see an improving commercial real estate climate in the region.
Top honors for Business Sale were garnered by John Bergin of Pearce/George J. Smith, for Milford retail business Wines and More. The sale included the business, inventory and a 7,000-square-foot retail store with a 4,000-square-foot warehouse. Sale terms were confidential. Bergin represented both the buyer and seller, perhaps the reason the deal was made in two days.
Rich Lee of OR&L Commercial had the largest Office Lease of 2012: 20,000 square feet for 25 years at the Crossroads Medical Center on Devine Street in North Haven, valued at $15 million. Lee was sole broker and New Haven Central Hospital for Veterinary Medicine, which expects to open its new facility this coming October, is the lessor. The hospital currently is housed at 843 State Street in New Haven. The new facility will double the facility’s size.
The largest Office Sale was consummated by the OR&L team of Frank Hird and Toby Brimberg. The $3 million transaction was for 23,000 square feet on 5.13 acres at 97 Barnes Road in Wallingford to Edible Arrangements, the national franchisor of locations that sell and deliver fruit baskets and related items. Hird represented the seller, SKF 97 Barnes, LLC, while Brimberg represented buyer 97 Barnes Road, LLC. The building was built in 1983 and renovated in 2008. Currently 6,800 square feet remain vacant.
The CID annual award for Investment Sale went to Carl Russell of Pearce/George J. Smith for sale of a 40,600-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility at 235 Edison Road in Orange, the former headquarters and manufacturing base of Wallach Surgical Products. Numet Machining Technologies penned a ten-year lease for $3.4 million plus an agreement to perform substantial improvements to the property, valued at $600,000.
The seller insisted that there would be no transaction without a sale and an investor, TMC Orange, was located to purchase the property for $3.4 million. TMC Orange is a subsidiary of TMC Properties, LLC, which owns and manages industrial and office real estate on the east and west coast.
Numet is a contract manufacturer of precision-machined components requiring complex geometrics and exotic alloys. It is a self-release provider of flight critical parts to GE Aviation, Pratt & Whitney and the U.S. Department of Defense. Numet will be consolidating operations from three different locations into the Orange location.
A 25-year ground lease at 365 Queen Street in Southington valued at $3.8 million was the largest Land Lease, brokered by Frank Hird, Phil Marshall and Toby Brimberg, all of OR&L Commercial. The lease was signed by Webster Bank, which has been at the location for 40 years. Galaxy, the owner, will further develop the site to expand the bank’s drive-through and add additional parking, landscaping, and improved access to Loper and Queen streets.
Mike Richetelli of Colonial Properties, and Robert Cole of Arnold Peck’s Commercial World, shared honors for the largest Retail Sale. The site at 855 Boston Post Road in West Haven included three buildings totaling 72,000 square feet of retail space on 11 acres. The Route 1 property was formerly used by Grossman’s and most recently by Dadd’s Extreme Sports. The building features 60,000 square feet in the main building, with two “pad” buildings totaling 11,000 square feet. The property was sold to BART Realty, LLC (Universal Hotel Liquidators) for $2.4 million. Universal is one of the largest hotel liquidators in the country and had formerly been in leased space on lower State Street in New Haven. Richetelli will help lease the currently used portion of the site. Cole represented the seller, Hide Realty, LLC.
Press Cuozzo’s Joel Nesson was cited for the largest Industrial Sale. The October deal was for a five-building, 104,000-square-foot complex on 14 acres. The sale of Phoenix Research Park at 408-410 Sackett Point Road in North Haven sold for $3.8 million. The seller was Lake A, LLC, and the buyer was SK PT, LLC, a tenant in the complex. SK PT services the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Fred A. Messore of Colonial Properties, who was selected in September as a 2012 Business New Haven Rising Star for his success at Colonial and his role in economic development in the towns of Seymour and West Haven, earned the award for the Most Transactions — 35 — in 2012, with an aggregate value of $10.7 million.
The transactions included the sale of a 13,600-square-foot building on 0.97 acres at 449 Boston Post Road in Orange to Chef's Equipment Emporium for $1.4 million. The building, formerly Murphy & McCoy’s Furniture Store, had been vacant for several years. Another of Messore’s transactions was the sale of 1 Care Lane in West Haven to the University of New Haven. The 30,092-square-foot former Soundview Healthcare Center nursing home sits on 4.5 acres.
Messore also leased a NuVita Yogurt & Café in the Westfield Mall to a father-and-son retailing team. The café has grown from one location in Orange to additional spots in Milford and Branford, with a fourth in Monroe currently under construction.
The 5,342-square-foot Brix Restaurant (formerly the Pavilion Restaurant during the 1970s and ‘80s) spent 14 years on 1.09 acres at 1721 Highland Ave. in Cheshire. The restaurant building was sold for $715,000, a transaction that earned Steven Press of Press/Cuozzo honors for Business Sale with Real Estate. Press was the listing agent; the transaction closed in February 2012. The seller was BG Associates and the buyer and new operator is Dino Ricciardone, who opened his new Luca Ristorante in Cheshire. Pattie Raffile of C-21 AllPoins Realty represented the buyer.
Honors for Largest Industrial Lease were shared by Matt O’Hare of CBRE and Lou Proto of the Proto Group. The industrial/office building was leased for a ten-year term for $5.9 million.
Tools and safety products distributor Colony Hardware Corp. leased all 102,610 square feet of space at 269 Lambert Road for its corporate headquarters and distribution center.
Colony Hardware started as a hardware store in Meriden in the 1940s and was purchased by Michael Weiner in 1988. According to the Orange Economic Development Commission, the company has grown to become “the recognized regional leader in the distribution of tools, safety equipment and supplies for professional contractors.” Colony also has a tool repair and rental division and operates locations in Albany, N.Y., Boston and Landover, Md.
O’Hare represented the building owner, Lighthouse Real Estate Ventures. Colony was represented by Proto.
Lou Proto of the Proto Group earned the award for the largest Land Sale, 7.8 acres on lots three and four at Flat Rock Place in Westbrook. The property was owned by Readco Capital Partners of Old Lyme and the sale went to Westbrook Flat Rock, LLC (d/b/a Middlesex Hospital) for $2.5 million for a new 60,000 square-foot emergency center. Proto represented the seller, and Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Management Services represented the buyer.
The largest Retail Lease of 2012 was brokered by Steve Patten of the Proto Group for a transaction at 1467 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, the site of a former Blockbuster Video location. The 4,200-square-feet of retail space was leased for 20 years to C&L Whalley, LLC (d/b/a Denny’s Restaurants) at a value of $1.5 million. Patten represented the landlord ACL/Smartyale, and Denny’s was represented by RHYS Commercial.
The largest Mixed Use Sale was awarded to Frank D’Ostillo of Real Living Wareck/D’Ostilio for a sale at 402 Crown Street and 45 Howe Street in New Haven for $720,000. Current tenants include Enterprise Car Rental. The site was for many years home to New Haven landmark Blessings Chinese Restaurant. The sites consist of two buildings, each approximately 4,000 square feet in size. The seller was Alex Rivera and the buyer 402 Crown, LLC, a local investment mortgage company. Frank D’Ostilio was sole broker in the deal.
The CID Chairman’s Award was presented to Business New Haven Publisher Mitchell Young for the business journal’s ongoing coverage and support of the Commercial Investment Division of the Greater New Haven Board of Realtors. “Young and the newspaper have long shown their commitment to the region’s economic development and the essential role that CID Realtors play,” chairman Mike Richetelli said.
HAMDEN — Stephen Press has received the 2012 Business Sale with Real Estate award from the Greater New Haven Association of Realtors’ Commercial Investment Division for the $715,000 sale of the former Brix Restaurant, a 5,342-square-foot freestanding building on 1.09 acres at 1721 Highland Avenue, Cheshire.
Press/Cuozzo’s Joel Nesson won the CID’s 2012 Industrial Sale of the Year award. He was the sole broker in the $3.8 million sale of Phoenix Research Park, a five-building, 104,000 square foot complex on 14 acres at 408-410 Sackett Point Road, North Haven.
WATERBURY –– Commercial leasing posted a strong year in 2012, with the opening of 17 new businesses in the Brass City, creating more than 150 new jobs and, along with several expansions, adding more than $3 million to the city’s grand list in machinery and equipment. Realtor Tom Hill outlined the progress in a recent broadcast of his radio show on WATR (1320 AM). Five restaurants opened in downtown Waterbury last year, creating more than 60 jobs: Politics Bar & Grill, Shamrock Bar & Grill, Dottie’s Diner, Meadow Street Grille, Jake’s Wayback Burger and Buffalo Wild Wings. Also, BADD Motorcycles, John Boyle Paint, the Dutch Flower Lady and Harbor Freight inked leases in Waterbury, creating at least 15 jobs.
Industrial leases included
• T&A Screw Machine Products took 65,014 square feet at 64 Avenue of Industry, creating 15 jobs.
• IMSWater Jet occupied 29,475 square feet at 562 Captain Neville Drive, creating seven jobs.
• Precision Dip Coating moved into 12,000 square feet at 176 Chase River Road, creating 12 jobs.
• Mountain Top Mushrooms expanded to 34,925 square feet in the Chase River Road Industrial Park at 200 Chase River Road.
• Unipharm Inc., leased 47,000 square feet in the Captain Neville Industrial Park at 75 Progress Lane, employing 23 people.
• Renewable Heat Products leased 36,975 square feet 55 Fulkerson Drive, creating five jobs.
• EEMax, the largest manufacturer of tankless water heaters in the U.S., took 36,000 square feet at 400 Captain Neville Drive, creating 30 jobs.
Investor Buys Essex Property
ESSEX –– Investor Amy Smith Sroka has purchased a 4,087-square-foot multi-tenanted building at 35 Main Street for $725,000. Kevin and Kristin Geenty of the Geenty Group, Realtors represented the seller, Bible Hill Associates, LLC. Kathy Schellen of William Pitt Sotheby’s in Essex represented the buyer.
West Gate Fetches $12.5M
NEW HAVEN –– Eagle Rock Advisors, LLC has bought West Gate Town Homes, a 135-unit town home community at 35 Cooper Place, for $12.5 million. Jeffrey Dunne and Christopher Leonard of CBRE's New York Institutional Group, Gene Pride, vice president of CBRE's Private Capital Group and Mike Stone of CBRE's Hartford office represented the seller, Westgate HH LLC, an entity controlled by Capmark Financial Group Inc. The buyer, a Manhattan-based investment firm, was unrepresented.
Pride said more than 100 investors were interested in the property, and the more than a dozen who submitted bids came from four states and two countries outside the U.S.
Dixwell Ave. Bldg. Sold
NEW HAVEN –– Robert Rodriguez has purchased a 1,404-square-foot building at 304 Dixwell Avenue for $95,000. Harold Kent of Levy Miller Maretz was sole broker in the transaction. The seller was Yogi Patel.
Med Office Buildings Sold
NEW HAVEN — Two Whitney Avenue medical office buildings have been purchased for a total of approximately $35 million. An 82,000-square-foot building at 2200 Whitney Avenue was sold by Whitney Medical Limited Partnership and acquired by 2200 Real Estate. A 52,000-square-foot building at 2080 Whitney Avenue was sold by Twenty Eighty Limited Partnership and bought by 2080 Real Estate, LLC. Both buildings have been fully occupied for 15 years. Matthew Keefe of HK Group was sole broker in the deal.
Group Buys Section 8 Apts.
NEW HAVEN — Berger Apartments, a Section 8 elderly multifamily property at 135 Derby Avenue, has been purchased for $11.2 million. Institutional Property Advisors (IPA) arranged the cash sale. Steve Witten, Victor Nolletti, Paul Davis and Andy Daitch represented the seller, Aimco, and the buyer, Steele Property Holding, LLC. Originally built in 1900 as the Berger Brothers Corset Factory, the property was converted to 123 one-bedroom and 21 two-bedroom apartments in 1981.
Third Time’s the Charm
ROCKY HILL –– Indetail, LLC of Norwalk has purchased a 15,000-square-foot shopping plaza at 396 Cromwell Avenue for $4.5 million. Dan Garofalo of Reno Properties Group brokered the sale, representing both Indetail and the seller, Cromwell Avenue Shops, LLC of Newington.
The $300-per-square-foot sales price “represents the high benchmark for retail investment property sales in Rocky Hill and surrounding towns," according to Reno Properties. The multi-tenant shopping center is fully leased to Connecticut Bank & Trust, Rocky Hill Eye Associates, Velocity Urgent Care and Asian Bistro restaurant.
“I’ve sold the property three times,” Garofalo said. “The first time was in 2006, when Arch Restaurant and Banquet Center bought it from Developers Realty Corp. for $1.27 million. The second time was in 2010, when Cromwell Avenue Shops purchased it for $2.5 million.”
Branford Commercial Lease
BRANFORD — Husqvarna Construction Products has leased 6,500 square feet at 6 Sycamore Way for its new southern Connecticut services facility. Mark Duclos of Sentry Commercial represented the tenant. Robert Dow of Dow Realty represented the landlord, Gentile Development, LLC.
Hamden Plaza 100% Full
HAMDEN –– Hamden Plaza is fully occupied. Mark J. Brockwell, president of MJB Real Estate Services of Westport, the plaza’s exclusive agent and property manager, reported that Planet Fitness’ recent lease of 22,000 square feet completely filled the 260,000-square-foot plaza at 2100 Dixwell Avenue. MJB Vice President Dan Johnson was sole broker for the Planet Fitness lease as well as for other recent Hamden Plaza leases to Froyo World and Moe’s Southwest Restaurant.
Meriden Firm Expands
MERIDEN –– In a second expansion, Cable Management, LLC has leased 3,400 more square feet at Meriden Enterprise Center, 290 Pratt Street, for a total of 25,400 square feet at the location. Peter S. Shiue of Colliers International was sole broker in transaction. The landlord is 290 Pratt Street, LLC.
Energy Firm to State Street
NORTH HAVEN — Next Step Living has leased 4,500 square feet at 285 State Street. Mark Duclos of Sentry Commercial represented the tenant, a residential energy efficiencies and renewables company. Fred Petrella of Connecticut Realty Group represented the landlord, Elm City Industrial Properties.
Rocky Hill Lease
ROCKY HILL –– TRC Environmental Corp. has leased 3,348 square feet at 101 Corporate Place. Larry Levere of Sentry Commercial represented the landlord, CATIC Financial Inc. Shawn McMahon of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas represented the tenant.
Here Comes the Sun
NORTH HAVEN –– Apricus, a designer and manufacturer of solar hot water and hydronic heating products, has relocated its North American corporate headquarters from Branford to 370 State Street, a 36,000-square-foot multi-tenanted facility owned by the Hurley Group. Joel Nesson Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services was the sole broker.
Occupying Wall Street
MADISON –– Madison Dental LLC has leased 2,000 square feet, the entire first floor of 90 Wall Street, part of the new Clarity Commons Project. Rich Guralnick of H. Pearce Commercial was the sole broker in the transaction. The landlord is S&R Holdings, LLC.
NEW HAVEN –– Nationwide, investment in nonresidential construction declined 4.4 percent in the third quarter of 2012, despite 2.2 percent annualized growth in the U.S. economy, according to the Marcum Commercial Construction Index, a new quarterly index tracking the performance of the U.S. commercial construction industry.
Year-over-year national nonresidential construction spending rose just 2.6 percent in the third quarter, compared to more than 19 percent growth in residential construction.
During 2012, sectors relying mainly on state and government capital funding declined most in spending, including water supply, down 12.7 percent, conservation and development, down 6.5 percent, education, down 3.2 percent and highway and street, down 2.2 percent.
Rapidly recovering sectors were lodging, up 25 percent, power, up 19.2 percent and transportation, up 11 percent.
In his report, Anirban Basu, chief construction economist for Marcum, a major accounting and advisory firm, attributed the slow recovery in nonresidential construction to tight credit, high vacancy rates and cautious investors, among other factors. He says the second half of 2013 could be “surprisingly good” for nonresidential construction if the White House and Congress manage not to tumble off the fiscal cliff, because of the large number of projects placed on hold during 2012.
Wareck D’Ostilio Opens in Milford
MILFORD –– Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio Real Estate has opened a second office at 174 Cherry Street.
“This move puts us closer to many of our existing customers and prospective clients in the Orange, Milford and upper Fairfield County,” co-owner/managing broker John Wareck said. “We anticipate the hiring of more agents to fill both offices and to accommodate clients as the company continues its record growth.”
Colonial’s Messore Earns GRI
ORANGE — Fred A. Messore, a Realtor with Colonial Properties, has earned the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation, after completing at least 90 hours of classroom instruction in contract law, ethics, sales and marketing, finance, environment and health issues, technology and dispute resolutions and other topics.
PruCT Wins 2 HOBIs
WALLINGFORD — Prudential Connecticut Realty’s New Homes and Land Division has received two 2012 Home Building Industry (HOBI) Awards from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association (HBRA) of Connecticut.
Terence Beaty, Director of the New Homes & Land Division and Lynn Rival, senior graphic designer, won Best Community Sales Brochure and Best Community Website for the Sonoma Woods development.
Spirit of the Season
Employees in the Guilford and Clinton offices of H. Pearce Co. raised $200 for the Guilford Food Bank during their annual Coco Café event on November 30. The employees served cookies and peppermint sticks to the crowd at the Guilford Tree Lighting ceremony.
Dixwell Ave. Commercial Bldg.
HAMDEN –– Andrew and Anthony Civitello have purchased a 3,700-square-foot building at 2839 Dixwell Avenue for $320,000, to house the corporate offices of their two businesses. Stephen Press of Press/Cuozzo Realtors represented the buyers. Kevin and Kristin Geenty of the Geenty Group, Realtors, represented the seller, the Charlotte A. Perry Marital Trust.
Middlesex Hospital Expands
MIDDLETOWN –– Middlesex Hospital has purchased two buildings at 117-121 Main Street Extension for $1.6 million. Trevor Davis of Trevor Davis Commercial Real Estate, LLC, represented the seller, the Carmelo J. Marino Trust. Coughlin Companies Management Services Inc. represented the hospital.
Liquor Store No More
MIDDLETOWN — A 4,336-square-foot building on 0.53 acres at 350 Main Street has been sold for $525,000. Trevor Davis of Trevor Davis Commercial Real Estate, LLC, represented the buyer, 350 Main Street Middletown, LLC and the seller, Joseph Savatore. The city of Middletown purchased Salvatore’s liquor license for $60,000 to prohibit the property’s future use as a liquor store.
OXFORD –– Local investment group 207 Oxford LLC has paid $360,000 for a 5,600-square-foot office and warehouse building on 1.7 acres at 207 Christian Street. Ed Godin Jr. of Matthews Commercial Properties represented the buyer. Bill Weirsman of Colonial Properties represented the seller, A&D Services.
M-Town Office Bldg. Bought
MIDDLETOWN — Edna Giardina Russo has purchased a 1,600-square-foot office building at 573 Newfield Street for $260,000 from 573 Newfield Street, LLC. Trevor Davis of Trevor Davis Commercial Real Estate, LLC represented the seller. Pam Rizy of Prudential Connecticut Realty represented the buyer.
Buying on Broad Street
MIDDLETOWN — Malik Mohammad has purchased 24 Broad Street for $157,500 from Melissa A. Didato. Trevor Davis of Trevor Davis Commercial Real Estate, LLC, represented both buyer and seller.
Research Park Fetches $3.8M
NORTH HAVEN –– The Phoenix Research Park at 408-410 Sackett Point Road has been sold for $3.8 million. Joel Nesson of Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services was the sole broker, representing the buyer, SK PT LLC, and the seller, Lake A LLC. Set on 14 acres, the park contains five lab and industrial buildings totaling 104,000 square feet.
No. Haven Complex Sold
NORTH HAVEN — ADM Ventures, LLC has purchased 375 Washington Avenue, a two-building complex on 2.36 acres for $1,575,000.
One building is a 17,600-square-foot industrial/warehouse/office facility with a 4,800-square-foot office; the other is a free-standing, 3,000-square-foot masonry building. Stephen Press of Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services represented the seller, 375 Washington Avenue Associates, LLC. Press/Cuozzo’s Joel Nesson represented the buyer. Peoples Medical/Peoples Pharmacy Express, which provides respiratory and home medical equipment, will relocate its administrative offices, pharmacy and showroom to the complex.
Major Murtha Park Lease
BEACON FALLS — Utz Quality Foods Inc. has signed a ten-year leased for 19,200 square feet in Building 4D located in Murtha Industrial Park on Railroad Avenue for a distribution center. Gerry D. Matthews of Matthews Commercials Properties represented Utz. Sean Duffy and Tim D’adabo Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord, Murtha Industrial Four, LLC.
Branford Office Condo Let
BRANFORD –– CPa Medical Billing, LLC, has leased a 1,094-square-foot office condo at 420 East Main Street. Bill Clark of the Geenty Group, Realtors represented the tenant. His colleague Kevin Geenty represented the landlord, Captiva, LLC.
Green Makes the Scene
MERIDEN –– Green Beacon Solutions has leased 1,347 square feet of Class A office space at 321 Research Parkway. Frank Hird of OR&L Commercial represented the tenant. David Barnes and Jennifer Gosselin of CB Richard Ellis represented the landlord, WE Research Parkway, LLC.
Corporate Center Lease
MIDDLETOWN — Omega Flex Inc. has leased 3,719 square feet on the seventh floor at Middlesex Corporate Center, 213 Court Street. Tom Ford of Midfield Corp. represented the landlord, Midfield Associates. Trevor Davis of Trevor Davis Commercial Real Estate LLC, represented the tenant.
Office Bldg. Gets Schooled
MIDDLETOWN — The Middletown Public Schools district has leased 1,026 feet in a retail and office building at 670 Newfield Street. Trevor Davis of Trevor Davis Commercial Real Estate, LLC, was the sole broker in the deal, representing the tenant and the landlord, Ottavio and Letizia Monarca.
New Biz for Biz Park
MIDDLETOWN — Middletown Business Park, 430-460 Smith Street has several new tenants. APEX Lighting Solutions has leased 6,362 square feet; Universal-Bach Transportation Services Inc. leased 583 square feet; Sabrina Cameron, MSW leased 393 square feet and Embedded Systems leased 362 square feet. Trevor Davis of Trevor Davis Commercial Real Estate LLC, represented the tenants and the landlord, BostonMiddletown, LLC.
New Hope for Change
MIDDLETOWN — Change Inc. has leased 1,118 at 98 Washington Street. Trevor Davis of Trevor Davis Commercial Real Estate, LLC, was sole broker in the transaction, representing the tenant and landlord, RAMO, LLC.
Gallery/Studio for Chapel St.
NEW HAVEN –– John Flynn and Josh Kelley have leased 4,000 square feet at 433 Chapel Street for a music studio, offices and gallery space. The Geenty Group was sole broker in the deal. The landlord is Peter Chapman of La Saraghina.
Oxford Industrial Lease
OXFORD –– Triem Industries has leased 10,500 square feet at 6 Benson Road. Ed Godin was the sole broker. The landlord is Glen More LLC.
Apt. Building Fetches $1.2M
NEW HAVEN — A 12-unit apartment building at 2 Lyon Street has sold for $1.2 million. Brad Balletto of Northeast Private Client Group represented the buyer, Bright Stone Realty, and the seller, Petack Bepaz LLC of Great Neck, N.Y.
MD Invests in Newtown
NEWTOWN –– Family physician Alex Afshar, MD has bought two buildings on 1.84 acres at 33 Church Hill Road for $1.5 million. He plans to open a medical care facility in one building and lease the other one. Jon Angel of Angel Commercial brokered the sale of the foreclosed property for Customer Bank. Atherton & Associates commercial property represented the doctor.
A Taste of Italy
OXFORD –- Newtown investor Walter Schnieder has acquired a 6,800-square-foot industrial condo at 91 Willenbrock Road for $345,000 and leased it to the U.S. office of Italy-based Villa Radiology Systems. Ed Godin Jr. of Matthews Commercial Properties was the sole broker. The seller was Trident Properties IV.
Fieldstone Village Cited
ORANGE –– Fieldstone Village has won the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut’s HOBI award for “Best New Haven County 55 + Community.” Free-standing homes in the active-lifestyle complex feature energy-efficient elements and range from 1,450 to 3,000 square feet, with prices starting at $369,900. All exterior maintenance is included.
The award will be presented on November 14 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Pearce Hosts Coat Drive
GUILFORD –– H. Pearce Co., Realtors Shoreline regional offices are seeking jackets and coats in good condition for their 23rd annual coat drive. Donations can be dropped off in Guilford between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and in Branford or Clinton between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The deadline for donations is November 30.
Industrial Building Sold
BEACON FALLS –– KOLGA Land, LLC has paid $1.125 million for a 20,000-square-foot industrial building situated on more than five acres at 65 Lancaster Drive. The R. Calabrese Agency was sole broker in the deal. The seller was 65 Lancaster, LLC.
BEACON FALLS –– Thirty-nine undeveloped parcels in the 99-unit Pond Spring Village active adult community at 135 Pond View Circle have been sold for $1,125,000. Independent broker Sam Berkowtz represented the buyer, Pond Spring Village, LLC. Ralph L. Calabrese of the R. Calabrese Agency represented the seller, 135 Pond Spring Village, LLC. In addition to one fully completed model, there are six partially completed units, six foundations and 26 approved building lots. The duplex units range from 1,296 square feet to 1,304 square feet.
NY Group Buys in Wooster Sq.
NEW HAVEN –– Bright Stone Realty has purchased a 12-unit apartment building at 2 Lyon Street in the Wooster Square neighborhood for $1.2 million, or $102 per square foot. Bradley Balletto, Northeast Private Client Group’s regional manager for southern Connecticut, represented both buyer and seller, Petack Bepaz, LLC of Great Neck, N.Y.
“High occupancy and growing rents in New Haven are driving strong demand for multifamily properties,” Balletto said in a statement. “In today’s still uncertain financial market conditions, income-producing real estate is still the best vehicle for generating and preserving wealth.”
Chef’s Equipment to Orange
ORANGE –– CEE Orange, LLC has acquired a 13,660-square-foot building on 0.97 acres at 449 Boston Post Road for $1,450,0000 for a Chef’s Equipment store. Fred A. Messore of Colonial Properties was the sole broker, representing the buyer and seller, Niko Realty, LLC.
$65M Rocky Hill Office Deal
ROCKY HILL –– KS Partners, a New-York based real estate investment and development company, has paid $65 million for New Boston Fund’s eight-building, 620,000-square-foot Rocky Hill office portfolio, making it the largest such transaction since the portfolio first traded in 2000.
The portfolio has two office complexes; Corporate Ridge, with three Class A office buildings, 500 Enterprise, 55 Capital Boulevard and 175 Capital Boulevard; and five single story buildings with office and flex space at I-91 Tech Center, 795-805 Brooker Street.
John McCormick, Patrick Mulready and Michael Puzzo of the Hartford Office Leasing and Investment Properties Team at CBRE/NE represented New Boston and procured the buyer. KS Partners was unrepresented.
At the time of the sale, the portfolio was 87-percent leased with tenants including AT&T, United Healthcare, Verizon Liberty Mutual and the American Cancer Society.
Lodging Group Eyes Southington
SOUTHINGTON –– Briad Lodging Group has purchased 5.75 acres of vacant commercial property at 1096 West Street for $1.2 million. The R. Calabrese Agency was sole broker in the deal, representing both the buyer and the seller, Westcorp, LLC, which has retained the agency to market a one-acre pad site remaining on the property for ground lease or for lease as build-to-suit.
RHP Bets on Brass City
WATERBURY –– Renewable Heat Products has purchased a 36,000-square-foot, single-story industrial building on more than five acres at 55 Fulkerson Drive. Ralph Calabrese of the R. Calabrese Agency represented the seller, T. Sendzimir Inc. Sean McDonald of Cushman & Wakefield represented the buyer.
Branford Office Condo Leased
BRANFORD –– CPa Medical Billing, LLC, has leased a 1,094-square-foot condo unit at 420 East Main Street in the Thimble Creek Condominium complex. Bill Clark of the Geenty Group, Realtors, represented the tenant. Kevin Geenty represented the landlord, Captiva, LLC.
Leasing in Lakeview Center
BRANFORD –– See Us Grow has leased 11,200 square feet in Lakeview Center, 249 West Main Street. OR&L Commercial’s Richard Gold and Phil Marshall represented the landlord, Lakeview Center Associates. The tenant was unrepresented.
Law Firm Doubles Down
BRANFORD –– The law firm of Parks & Pearson has doubled its space to occupy 1,500 square feet — the entire first floor — at 765 East Main Street. The law firm specializes in real estate law and real estate closings. Kevin Geenty of the Geenty Group, Realtors, was sole agent in the transaction, representing the attorneys and the landlord, Captiva LLC
Shoe Fits in Branford
BRANFORD –– New England Orthotic & Prosthetic System has leased 3,0000 square feet at 965 West Main Street. Frank Hird of OR&L Commercial represented the landlord, 965 West Main Street, LLC. The tenant was unrepresented.
Going for the Gold
BRANFORD –– Coastal Gold Exchange & Gifts, LLC, has leased 857 square feet at 71 West Main Street. The landlord is 71 West Main, LLC. Bill Clark of the Geenty Group, Realtors, was the sole broker.
Church Finds Hamden Home
HAMDEN –– Iglesia Jehovah Mi Roca has leased an 8,247-square-foot building at 182 Welton Street. Bob Adnopoz of Colliers International was the sole broker, representing both the church and the landlord Barone Investments LLC.
Aeroteck Picks Hamden Ctr. II
HAMDEN –– Aeroteck Inc. has leased 5,051 square feet at Hamden Center II, 2321 Dixwell Avenue. Albert Scafati of Press Cuozzo, the exclusive broker for the Class A office property, represented the owner, Hamden Realty Associates, LP. Robert Adnopoz of Colliers International represented the tenant.
Food for Thought
HAMDEN –– Nutmeg State Nutrition has expanded into 1,897 square feet at 2460 Dixwell Avenue. The Proto Group, LLC was the sole broker. The landlord is 460 Dixwell Avenue LLC.
Occupying Wall Street
MADISON –– The Stifel, Nicolaus Co. Inc. has leased 2,585 square feet at 64 Wall Street. Jay Stewart of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant. Frank Hird of OR&L Commercial represented the landlord, Overshore Associates.
Leasing 5K for 5 Years
NEW HAVEN –– Jeffrey A. Kaslowitz of Greenwich Fleet Leasing, LLC, and Albert Lomoriello of Eastern Region Re-Marketing Services, LLC, d/b/a Automotive Co-Op, have signed a five-year lease for 5,000 square feet at 345-355 Forbes Avenue. Barry Stratton of the Geenty Group, Realtors, was the sole broker.
The landlord is John LaViola.
Industrial Supplier Leases
ROCKY HILL –– MSC Industrial Supply Co. has leased 8,704 square feet at 50 Inwood Road. Keith Kumnick of Colliers International represented the tenant. Dave Barnes and Jen Gosselin of CBRE represented the landlord, WE 50 Inwood LLC.
Baking a Bigger Pie
WATERBURY — Little Caesar's Pizza Take Out has leased 2,090 square feet at the Colonial Plaza Shopping Center, 111 Thomaston Avenue. Gloria McMann of Merrigan & LeFebvre Realty represented the tenant. Matt Halprin of New England Retail Properties represented the landlord, Stop & Shop Supermarkets Inc.
Thank Heaven in Waterbury
WATERBURY –– 7-Eleven has signed a long-term lease to occupy 2,296 square feet at 1051 Wolcott Street. The lease value is in excess of $500,000. Tom Hill represented the landlord, Kenneth B. Warner Jr. Associates LLP. The Proto Group exclusively represents 7-Eleven throughout Connecticut.
Statewide sales prices hit 10-year nadir
As single-family homes prices in Connecticut reached their lowest level in a decade, sales increased again in September. So says the latest report by the Boston-based Warren Group.
All told 1,900 single-family homes changed hands in Connecticut in September, a 4.5-percent increase from the 1,817 sales recorded in September 2011. Sales also increased for the third quarter, rising to 7,266 from 6,188 during the same period in 2011. Year-to-date sales are up 13.1 percent at 18,300, compared to 16,180 during the same period a year ago.
That increase is fueled by falling prices. In September the median sales price of single-family homes statewide fell 7.2 percent to $230,000, down from $248,000 a year earlier. Third-quarter median prices declined 1.6 percent to $250,750 from $255,000 in the same period of 2011, while year-to-date prices fell 4.0 from $250,000 in 2011 to $240,000 this year.
A similar trend is evident in the residential condominium market. In September condo sales rose more than seven percent from a year earlier — to 503 from 470. For the third quarter the rise was even more dramatic: up 12.6 percent to 1,760 from 1,562 a year earlier
Median condo prices in September fell 9.3 percent, to $157,000 from $173,089 in September 2011. Third-quarter median prices are down 9.8 percent, decreasing to $160,000 from $177,450 in the prior year. The year-to-date median price of condos in Connecticut is $160,000, down 8.5 percent from $175,000 a year ago.
“Home sales have increased every month in 2012, a strong sign that the housing market is recovering,” said Warren Group CEO Timothy M. Warren Jr. “This suggests that consumers have regained some confidence in the economy, and are making home purchases with more enthusiasm.
"The drop in prices is concerning, but it's typical to see sales volume increase before prices do in a recovery period,” he added.
CBRE is looking for good ideas to improve sustainable practices for commercial buildings. The global commercial real estate services company has launched a Real Green Research Challenge, which will award as much as $1 million over the next four years for independent academic research in areas such as productivity studies proving the benefits of sustainable building occupancy and best practices or systems software to reduce operating costs or enhance revenue through recycling. As many as 15 qualifying submissions will receive initial funding of up to $15,000 in February 2013, and be eligible for additional funding of up to $250,000. Winners will collaborate with CBRE.
Abstracts of research proposals are due by December 31 at cbre.com/rgrc.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has acquired the assets of three Richter Real Estate offices in Stratford, Fairfield and Trumbull. The offices, doing business as Century 21 HomeServices Richter Real Estate, will merge into Coldwell offices in Fairfield and Trumbull, and Richter owners Paul Richter and Robert Richter will join Coldwell.
OLD SAYBROOK –– RE/MAX Valley Shore and Genovali Realty have joined forces.
Principals David and Lisa Genovali bring more than 30 years of experience in residential and commercial sales, new construction and land development to the new company, which will employ 24 brokers. RE/MAX broker/owners Lorrie and Craig Milton have worked in residential real estate for more than a decade.
NORTH HAVEN — More than 50 H. Pearce Co., Realtors agents and employees spent September 14 — the company’s 11th annual Day of Caring — sprucing up the interior and exterior of the Connecticut Hospice in Branford. As usual, all Pearce offices were closed for the day while its workers washed hospice windows, painted, weeded and cut brush, among other tasks.
Westville Apartment Complex Sells for $42M
NEW HAVEN –– UOB Eagle Rock Multifamily Property Fund LP has bought Wintergreen of Westville, a 294-unit Class A multifamily property at 400 Blake Street for $41,650,000. Steve Witten and Victor Nolletti of Institutional Property Advisors represented the buyer and seller, SA Wintergreen LLC.
Built in 2008, Wintergreen is operated as a luxury rental property, with five four-story buildings housing one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, 586 parking spaces and amenities such as a 24-hour fitness “club-caliber” center, club room with a big-screen TV, gourmet kitchen and high-tech business center.
“We believe the new ownership has the opportunity to increase cash flow and occupancy through operational and managerial enhancements in one of the country’s best performing apartment markets,” Nolletti said in a statement.
Medical Building Sold
ANSONIA –– An investment group headed by John Aversa, MD has purchased a 6,285-square-foot medical building at 111 Wakelee Avenue for $410,000. Stephen Press of Press/Cuozzo Realtors represented the buyer, GHMA LLC. Alan M. Fischer of Fischer Real Estate represented the seller, 111 Wakelee Avenue Assoc., LLC.
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BEACON FALLS –– Kolga Land, LLC has acquired a 20,000-square-foot industrial building on more than five acres at 65 Lancaster Drive, for $1,125,000. Ralph L. Calabrese of the R. Calabrese Agency was sole broker in the transaction. The seller was 65 Lancaster, LLC. Kolga manufactures shields for the nuclear medicine, X-ray and nuclear power industries.
Med Building Fetches $6M
HAMDEN –– Westport Investment, LLC has purchased 9 Washington Avenue, a three-story medical building, for $6.03 million, or $167.50 per square foot. Harden Crawford IV of HLC Realty represented the buyer. Mike Barr of MNBarr Commercial Real Estate represented the owner, Drazen 1993 LP.
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MERIDEN — A former Saab dealership facility at 171 South Broad Street has attracted a new owner. Stephen Press of Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services represented both the buyer, 171 South Broad, LLC — which paid $640,000 for the 5,500-square-foot building with showroom and service area sited on 2.8 acres — and the seller, Swedish Automotive Group, LLC.
$7.7M Rental-Unit Sale
MERIDEN –– An apartment building at 234 Sherman Avenue has changed hands. The buyer, 234 Sherman LLC, paid $7.7 million for the property, which has 58 units — 34 one-bedroom, 20 two-bedroom and four three-bedroom apartments, along with 29 two-bedroom townhouses and one three-bedroom townhouse. Originally built as a school in 1924, the structure was converted to apartments in 1988. Taymil Britannia, LLC was the seller. Steve Witten, Victor Nolletti and Eric Pentore of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services were sole brokers in the transaction.
Milford Office Bldg. Sold
MILFORD –– A 6,000-square-foot office building at 200 Rowe Avenue has been bought by 200 Rowe Avenue, LLC for $400,000. Lambert Paving was the seller. John Bergin of Pearce/George J. Smith was sole broker in the deal.
$1.8M Naugy Apt. Sale
NAUGATUCK –– Trowbridge KRC, LLC has purchased a 33-unit apartment building 38 Highland Avenue for $1,840,000. The seller was Limerick Properties, LLC. Steve Pappas and Tom Boyle of Chozick Realty were sole brokers in the transaction.
\Firm Buys on Court Street
NEW HAVEN –– Performance Environmental Services has purchased a 2,300-square-foot building at 107 Court Street for $375,000. The seller was Ahern Properties. Frank D’Ostilio of Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio was the deal’s sole broker.
Two to Tango
NEW HAVEN –– Two buildings at 402 Crown Street and 45 Howe Street have been bought by 402 Crown, LLC for $720,000. The seller was Alex Rivera. Frank D’Ostilio of Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio was the sole broker.
Hilton Eyes Southington
SOUTHINGTON –– Briad Lodging Group, LLC has acquired a 5.75-acre property at 1096 West Street for$1.2 million for development as an upscale Homewood Suites Hotel by Hilton. The seller was Westcorp LLC. The R. Calabrese Agency, LLC was the sole broker.
Stratford Industrial Sale
STRATFORD –– Penmar Industries has purchased a 14,220-square-foot building at 35 Ontario Street for $850,000. The seller was Mondary Real Estate, LLC. Jon Angel of Angel Commercial was sole broker in the deal.
New Life for Old Hotel
WATERBURY –– VBF Capital, LLC has purchased 49 apartments and six retail stores at 380 West Main Street for $1.48 million. The seller was Rational Real Estate IV, LLC. Rick Chozick and Steve Pappas Chozick Realty were sole brokers in the transaction.
Built in 1910 as the Waterbury Hotel, the property was redeveloped into an apartment building in the 1980s with 17 studio apartments, 28 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units. The structure also houses 13,000 square feet of retail space.
$2M for W.H. Apartments
WEST HAVEN –– A 35-unit apartment building at 771-773 Savin Avenue has been acquired by 771 Savin Navcapman for $2.025 million. Brian Dornan of Pyramid Realy and Steve Pappas of Chozick Realty were co-brokers. F&L Virzi LLC was the seller.
By the Grace of God
BRANFORD –– Grace Church has extended its lease for 4,000 square feet at 965 West Main Street. Barry Stratton of the Geenty Group, Realtors, represented the tenant. Frank Hird of OR&L Commercial represented the landlord, 965 West Main, LLC. The property includes 190,000 square feet of industrial, office and flex space.
Easter Seals Inks Lease
BRANFORD –– Easter Seals/Goodwill Industries has leased 11,400 square feet at 249 West Main Street for a thrift store and donation center scheduled to open this autumn. OR&L Commercial’s Toby Brimberg represented the tenant. OR&L Commercial’s Richard Gold and Phil Marshall represented the landlord, Lakeview Center Associates, LLC.
Biz Park Lures Tenant
MERIDEN –– National Default Servicing has signed a seven-year lease for 25,000 square feet at 500 South Broad Street. Sean O'Neil of Jones Lang LaSalle represented National. Frank Hird and Steve Foote OR&L Commercial represented the landlord, Meriden Business Park LLC.
Chipotle Chooses Chapel St.
NEW HAVEN –– Chipotle Mexican Grill has signed a ten-year lease for 2,300 square feet at 900 Chapel Street, formerly occupied by Caffé Bottega. Mike Shanahan of Fairfield Retail Partners represented Chipotle. Dan Johnson of MJB Real Estate Services Corp. represented the landlord, PMC Property Group. “They came to us in February or March , and it took months [to close the deal],” Johnson said. “I think it’s going to be a tremendous use for that corner. We had a lot of interest, but we were just waiting for the right tenant. We wanted a national tenant and that’s what we got.”
Washington Ave. Yogurt Shop
NORTH HAVEN –– Cheri Swirl has leased 1,235 square feet at 323 Washington Avenue. Press/Cuozzo’s Albert Scafati was sole broker in the transaction, representing the yogurt shop and the landlord, TFJA, LLC.
WALLINGFORD –– Connecticut Direct Mail Corp has leased a 4,940-square-foot unit at 65 South Turnpike Road. The landlord is 65 South Turnpike, LLC. Bill Clarkof the Geenty Group, Realtors in Branford, was sole broker in the deal.
From Oxford to Waterbury
WATERBURY –– Eemax Inc. has signed a five-year lease with a five-year renewal option for 36,000 square feet at 400 Captain Neville Drive. Ed Godin Jr. and Gerry Matthews of Matthews Commercial Properties represented the landlord, Cornerstone Realty. Frank Micali of Capitalize 360 Group represented the tenant, which manufactures electric tankless water heaters and is relocating from Oxford to a larger space.
W. Haven Retail Lease
WEST HAVEN ––Tile Liquidators, doing business as Tiles of Distinction, has leased 1,280 square feet in the Twelve Oaks Business Park, 375 Morgan Lane. Bill Clark of the Geenty Group, Realtors, represented both the tenant and landlord, John C. D’Amato Jr. and the LAD Trust.
BRANFORD –– Two Thimble islands are on the market. Belden Island is listed for $3.95 million and Jepson Island for around $2 million, according to Madison agents for William Pitt Sotheby’s, which has the listings.
The seller is Christine Svenningsen, who owns ten of the Thimble islands.
Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake and Milford Chamber of Commerce members were among those who attended a September 6 ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 Daniel Street to welcome Stacy Blake Realty, LLC to the local business community. A grand opening celebration for the residential real-estate brokerage followed the ribbon-cutting.
Park City Property Bought
BRIDGEPORT –– Joseph Palmieri has purchased a 3,200-square-foot building and car parking lot at 25-27 Burr Court for $190,000. Bruce Wettenstein of Vidal/Wettenstein represented the buyer. Alan Fischer of Fischer Real Estate represented the seller, the Community Bank.
Auto Facility Acquired
BRANFORD –– Premier Holdings, LLC has paid $1,55 million for a 12,313-square-foot automotive facility at 205 North Main Street. Tim McMahon and Frank Hird of OR&L Commercial represented the seller, 155 North Main Street, LLC. Peter Brown of H. Pearce represented the buyer, Premier Holdings, LLC.
Former Bernie’s Sold
MIDDLETOWN –– Baker Properties has bought a 184,000-square-foot building sited on 17 acres at 1559 King Street for $5.2 million. The seller was Bristol Fields, LLC. Jay Morris and Colleen Sheridan of OR&L Commercial were sole brokers in the transaction. The property formerly was occupied by Bernie’s corporate offices, retail showroom and distribution center.
USPS Facility Fetches $2M
NEW HAVEN — Sonata 22, LLC has purchased the 23,700-square-foot former U.S. Postal Service Distribution Center building at 151 Frontage Road. The sale price was $2,020,000. The building will become Quality Honda of Branford’s new showroom. Phil Barber of Pearce/George J. Smith Commercial Division represented the buyer. Matt O’Hare of CBRE represented the seller, the U.S. Postal Service.
Oxford Office Sale
OXFORD — Ed Godin of Matthews Commercial has acquire]ed a 5,600-square-foot office/flex building at 207 Christian Road for $360,000. Bill Weirsman of Colonial Properties represented the seller, A&D Services, LLC.
W.H. Commercial Bldg. Sold
WEST HAVEN –– Roger Jansen has purchased a 1,500-square-foot commercial building and adjoining 1,000-square-foot garage on 0.25 acres at 10-12 Gilbert Street for $100,000. Dan Sunderland of Dan Sunderland Realty represented Jansen. Mike Richetelli of Colonial Properties represented the seller, the Lou Govanelly Family Trust.
Major Post Rd. Transfer
WEST HAVEN –– Universal Hotel Liquidators has paid $2,450,000 for an 8.20-acre parcel at 555 Boston Post Road with several buildings and more than 70,000 square feet. One of the buildings, which most recently housed Dadd’s Xtreme Sports, will be a retail showcase and warehouse. “It’s probably the largest piece of commercial property on the Post Road in West Haven,” explains Mike Richetelli of Colonial Properties, who represented the buyer, David White, owner of Universal Hotel Liquidators and Bart Realty, its real estate company, which purchased the property. Robert Cole of Arnold Peck Commercial World represented the seller, Hide Realty Associates LLC of West Hartford. Universal caters to college students.
Lakeview Center Lease
BRANFORD –– Easter Seals Goodwill Industries has leased 11,400 square feet at Lakeview Center, 249 West Main Street. Toby Brimberg of OR&L Commercial represented the tenant. Richard Gold and Phil Marshal of OR&L Commercial represented the landlord, Lakeview Center Associates, LLC.
New Branford Eatery
BRANFORD –– New Hanami Restaurant has leased 3,250 square feet at 906-930 West Main Street. Lani-Liu of Sovereign Properties represented the tenant. Fred Messore and Vin Bagdasarian of Colonial Properties represented the owners, Bruno and Angela Ceniccola.
Local COG Leases
ESSEX –– The Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments has leased 5,200 square feet at 145 Dennison Road, Barry Stratton of the Geenty Group, Realtors, represented the tenant. Mary O’Brien of Mary O’Brien Realty represented the landlord, John Dresty Jr.
MHQ Chooses Middletown
MIDDLETOWN –– MHQ has leased 10,000 square feet space 750 Newfield Street for its vehicle upfitting services, which include the installation of body armor. Steve Foote and Carol Karney of OR&L Commercial represented the building owner, Tom Staron. Foote also represented the tenant.
Moving to Marsh Hill
MILFORD –– Product Development Corp. has signed a three-year lease for 2,000 square feet at the Marsh Hill Business Park, 4 Oxford Road. Mike Richetelli of Colonial Properties represented the tenant. Dana Barnes of Concord Equity Group represented the landlord, Sanibel 955, LLC.
Subway Expands Footprint
MILFORD –– The Subway sandwich chain has signed a ten-year lease for 100,000 square feet of warehouse space at 500 Bic Drive. Chris O'Hara of Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT represented the tenant. Joe Coci, managing director of Connecticut properties for the landlord, New Jersey-based Mountain Development Corp., handled the negotiations. The warehouse will be occupied by Subway’s Franchisee Shipping Center Co., LLC.
Arts Group to Universal Dr.
NORTH HAVEN –– The Jared Andrew Studio for the Performing Arts has leased 12,000 square feet at 222 Universal Drive. Chris Nolan of H. Pearce Real Estate represented Jared. Barry Stratton and Kevin Geenty of the Geenty Group, Realtors, represented the landlord, Branco Inc.
Post Road Sublease
ORANGE — Trebco Specialty Products, Inc. has subleased 1,200 square feet at 501 Boston Post Road from Roni Deutch Tax Services. Mike Richetelli of Colonial Properties represented the tenant. Fred Messore of Colonial Properties represented the landlord, D’Amato Investments, LLC.
Retailer Pens Lease
ORANGE –– Batteries Plus has signed a five-year lease for approximately 4,000 square feet at 481 Boston Post Road. Phil Barber of Pearce/George J. Smith Commercial represented the tenant. Carl Russell of Pearce/George J. Smith Commercial represented the landlord, ASO, LLC.
Orange Farmers Market
ORANGE — Efes Produce has signed a three-year lease for 6,300 square feet at 254 Bull Hill Lane for a retail store called Orange Farmers Market. Fred Portoff of Weichert Realtors represented the tenant. Fred Messore and Brita McGee represented the landlord, Bull Hill III Ltd.
Three’s No Crowd
ORANGE — Three tenants have signed leases at 109 Boston Post Road. Supercuts, LLC, represented by Brian Nadler of National Commercial Brokers, leased 2,000 square feet. Fred Messore of Colonial Properties, representing the landlord, Simone Development of Orange, was sole broker in the other two transactions, in which Arizona LS, LLC [d/b/a Medi-Weight Loss] leased 2,000 square feet and the University of New Haven leased 1,439 square feet.
Business Park Deal
ROCKY HILL –– DocuSource Business Solutions, LLC has leased 6,350 square feet at WinBrook Business Park, 716 Brook Street. Jay Morris and Robert Gaucher of OR&L Commercial represented both the tenant and building owner, WE 716 Brook Street, LLC, c/o Winstanley Enterprises.
Southington Ground Lease
SOUTHINGTON — Galaxy Development has signed a ground lease for a 3.4-acre retail redevelopment parcel at 365 Queen Street. Phil Marshall, Toby Brimberg and Frank Hird of OR&L Commercial represented both the owner, Doubleday, LLC and Galaxy, which will reconstruct part of the site for Webster Bank.
Hardware Firm to N. Farms Rd.
WALLINGFORD — Wesco Aircraft Hardware has signed a five-year lease for 5,000 square feet at 1070 North Farms Road. Phil Barber of Pearce/George J. Smith Commercial Division, represented the tenant. Kyle Roberts of CB Richard Ellis represented the landlord, 1070 North Farms Road, LLC.
Direct Mail Firm Pens Lease
WALLINGFORD — Connecticut Direct Mail Corp. has leased a 4,940-square-foot industrial unit at 65 South Turnpike Road. Bill Clark of the Geenty Group, Realtors was sole broker in the transaction. The landlord is 65 South Turnpike LLC.
Major Wallingford Deal
WALLINGFORD — Resources for Human Development has inked a seven-year lease for 8,000 square feet at 135 North Plains Industrial Road. Phil Barber of Pearce/George J. Smith Commercial Division represented the owner, David Cook. Steve Wollman of Wollman Realty represented the tenant.
Manufacturer Sets Up Shop
WATERBURY — IMS Waterjet Inc. has leased 29,500 square feet at 562 Captain Neville Drive. The company is a manufacturer of industrial cutting machines. Ed Godin Jr. and Gerry Matthews of Matthews Commercial Properties represented the tenant and landlord, Cornerstone Realty.
NEW HAVEN — The aldermanic Legislation Committee last month approved a zoning change from light industrial to general business for the New Haven Register building at 40 Sargent Drive. This will allow the newspaper company to market the 193,000-square-foot building on 13.1 acres for retail use. The Register, which no longer prints newspapers on Sargent Drive, seeks to move downtown and recast itself as a “digital media hub.”
“The Register cannot stay here,” attorney Marc Wallman told the committee. “It has to move. The property is barely occupied and it is very expensive. We do not want the property to become vacant.”
Two venerable real estate brokerage firms have become one.
“It made a lot of sense,” says Barbara Pearce, president and CEO of H. Pearce Real Estate, which recently purchased the assets of George J. Smith & Son Real Estate, a commercial brokerage in Milford.
Pearce will continue to serve as CEO of Pearce Real Estate.
Smith president DeForest W. (Frosty) Smith will become a Pearce senior vice president.
The courtship was brief. “We’ve been keeping our eyes open for an opportunity to merge for a couple of years,” says Smith, who contacted Pearce several months ago after discussions with his three agents. “I asked the guys who would you feel comfortable with, and they said, ‘Pearce would be a good fit.’”
The partnership, Smith added, “really expands our services. They have over 100 agents, and their strong commercial division will allow us to do things we couldn’t do before, like appraisals, senior-citizen advice and mortgages.”
The deal also was a good geographical fit, expanding Smith’s reach into Pearce’s much wider territory — from greater New Haven and the shoreline north to central Connecticut — and giving Pearce, whose commercial and corporate offices are in North Haven, a strong presence in and around the Milford area.
“We wanted to maintain our Milford office, which was a little awkward because I own the building and Barbara had to sign a lease,” Smith explains. “In the southwestern portion of New Haven County, including Milford, Orange, West Haven and Woodbridge, we’ll be know as Pearce/George J. Smith. Realtors.”
Real estate runs in the blood of both new partners.
Pearce’s father, Herbert H. Pearce, established his eponymous company in 1958; Smith’s grandfather founded his firm in 1886.
Both Smith and Pearce said a union was appealing because of similar company histories and business practices.
“Our combined force is one of the largest, if not the largest, outside of Fairfield County,” Pearce said.
It may be getting larger.
“We’ve been approached by some individuals and agencies as a result of our merger,” Pearce says.
Adds Smith, “We’re talking with some agents about expanding the footprint into Fairfield County.”
BRIDGEPORT –– Viking Construction recently completed a new 25,000-square-foot housing project for homeless veterans in Griswold. Viking was general contractor for the $4.5 million project, which involved demolishing two homes, renovating a three-story brick building and constructing a new addition to create 18 one-bedroom, wheelchair-accessible apartments.
Viking also has installed 126 solar panels on the roof of its Bridgeport headquarters. The panels generate 30 percent of the company’s electricity needs.
"Viking has long been using energy-efficient products and solutions for the buildings we construct,” said company President Anthony Gaglio Sr. in a statement. "This solar project is one more step in that direction.”
Fairfield County leasing activity during the second quarter of 2012 was “significantly down” from mid-year 2011, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s latest market report.
Overall leasing (Class A and B) for the first half of 2012 totaled 758,069 square feet, representing a 23.9-percent decrease from the 1,125,804 square feet leased during the first six months of 2011.
“In theory, quite a few ten-year transactions that were signed in 2003 should have been up for renewal this year,” said Jim Fagan, senior managing director and market leader of Cushman’s Fairfield and Westchester County regions. “With the difficult economy over the last few years, however, a number of early renewals and blend-and-extend transactions have taken some of the vitality out of leasing activity this year.”
Former Woolen Mill Sold
BEACON FALLS — Beacon Mill Village, 2 North Main Street, a 188-unit condominium-style multifamily residential complex on the banks of the Naugatuck River, has been acquired by UOB Eagle Rock Multifamily Property Fund, LP for $21.7 million. The seller was BMV Associates, LLC. The 184,000-square-foot property includes eight historic buildings originally constructed between 1851 and 1911 as a mill for the Home Woolen Co. The property was converted to residential units in 1988. Steve Witten and Victor Nolletti of Institutional Property Advisors represented the seller in the transaction.
Cooll Customer in Hamden
HAMDEN –– Taylor Freezer has paid $250,000 for a 20,000-square-foot building at 130-150 Welton Street.
Stephen Press of Press Cuozzo represented the buyer, while Rich Lee of OR&L Commercial represented the owner, People’s United Bank.
“Taylor will use about two thirds of the space and lease the rest,” said Hamden economic development director Dale Kroop. The company also will benefit from a city business incentive program giving it a 100-percent waiver of building permit fees and a 50-percent tax abatement for three years on building improvements, Kroop added.
In 2011, nine businesses used the program when leasing or buying commercial properties in Hamden.
Kroop expects at least that many for 2012. In the last couple of months businesses receiving grant money and waiver of permit fees include Deric Currie Insurance, which purchased a commercial condo at 3208 Whitney Avenue.
“We have approved more than 100 applications since the program got underway in 1999,” Kroop said. “I don’t think many suburban communities offer as much as we do. We focus on small businesses which really need this help.”
HAMDEN –– GTB Properties has purchased a 1,200-square-foot residential unit and 2,400-square-foot commercial building at 330-336 Welton Street for $280,000. Albert Scafati of Press Cuozzo represented the buyer and seller, Donna Oliveri.
Milford Showcase Sold
MILFORD — Fairfield developer Ceruzzi Properties, LLC has paid $5.8 million for the former Showcase Cinemas at 230 Cherry Street. National Amusements, the seller of the nine-acre site, never listed it with a broker, according to Bob Gregory, Milford’s director of economic and community development. Ceruzzi, which redeveloped a Post Road [Ryder] mobile home park into a mall anchored by Walmart and transformed the Milford Jai Alai on Old Gate Lane into a Lowes, apparently is mulling over options for the property. “We like what [company principal Louis CVeruzzi] does,” Gregory said.
Zink Buys in N. Branford
NORTH BRANFORD –– Philip Zink has purchased a vacant 20,000-square-foot industrial building at 27 Ciro Road for $575,000. Joel Galvin of Pearce Commercial Real Estate represented the sellers, Christian Jensen and Paul Tupey. Bill Parry of Joy Real Estate represented the buyer.
No School for Scandal
FARMINGTON –– Miss Porter’s School has paid $810,000 for the Grist Mill Restaurant on 1.7 acres at 44 Mill Lane. Stephen Press of Press/Cuozzo represented the sellers, the Trustees of the Estate of Mario Zacco, who transformed the 5,600-square-foot 17th-century mill into the restaurant more than two decades ago. Gayle Talbo and Bruce Cagenello of Prudential Connecticut Realty represented Miss Porter’s, whose campus abuts the restaurant property.
Business Is Exploding
BRANFORD –– Uncle Guido's Xtreme Paintball and Fireworks has leased 857 square feet at 71 West Main Street. Geenty Group Senior Vice President Bill Clark, represented both the tenant and the landlord, 71 West Main, LLC.
Biotech Startup Puts Down Roots
BRANFORD –– AxioMx Inc. has leased 2,735 square feet in Orchard Research Park, 688 East Main Street. Kevin Geenty and Kristin Geenty of the Geenty Group, Realtors represented both the landlord, Parish Farm Partners, LLC and the tenant, a startup biotech firm founded by senior members of the Affomix and Illumina corporations.
Auto Firm to Cheshire
CHESHIRE –– Auto accessories maker Aftermarket Specialty Co. Inc. has leased 4,825 square feet at 182 Sandbank Road. Joel Nesson of Press Cuozzo was sole broker in the transaction. The landlord is B&S Realty, LLC.
Two for the Show
NEW HAVEN — Two new tenants have inked five-year leases for an aggregate 5,000 square feet at 345-355 Forbes Avenue. The tenants are Greenwich Fleet Leasing, LLC, and Eastern Region Re-Marketing Services. The space will be used for automobile sales as well as car and truck rentals. The landlord is John LaViola. Barry Stratton of the Geenty, Group, Realtors was the sole agent in this transaction.
Boris Good Enough
CHESHIRE –– Boris Construction Co. has leased 4,800 square feet 184 Sandbank Road. Joel Nesson represented the landlord, B&S Realty LLC. Ed Grodin of Matthews Commercial Properties represented the tenant.
No Room at the Inn
FAIRFIELD –– Cimbali USA and Ifficient Inc. have leased 6,000 square feet at 418 Meadow Street, bringing the 24,000-square-foot building to full occupancy. Cimbali, which makes espresso and cappuccino machines, will occupy approximately 3,600 square feet for its U.S. headquarters. Internet marketer Ifficient Inc. will occupy the remainder of the space. Brett Sherman of Angel Commercial represented Ifficient and landlord Bao Partners, LLC. William Raveis represented the tenant.
TV, Or Not TV?
GUILFORD — GoodTV, LLC has leased 360 square feet at 2415 Boston Post Road. The landlord is Mariner Properties, LLC. Bill Clark of the Geenty Group, Realtors was the sole agent in the deal.
Taylor-Made in Hamden
HAMDEN –– Taylor & Francis Group, LLC has leased 1,400 square feet at 2440 Whitney Avenue. Joel Nesson of Press Cuozzo represented the landlord, WTE 2428 Whitney, LLC. Albert Scafati of Press Cuozzo represented the tenant.
HAMDEN –– Campus Clothing Co. Inc. has leased an entire 19,500 square foot building at 1004 Sherman Avenue. The landlord is WTE Sherman 1004, LLC. Joel Nesson of Press Cuozzo was sole broker in the transaction.
MERIDEN –– Connecticut Career Coaches, LLC has signed a three-year lease for 1,400 square feet at 1501 East Main Street. The Proto Group represented the landlord, Cucinelli Properties LLC. Gil Julian of NAI Elite represented the tenant.
Oil’s Well That Ends Well
MILFORD –– Finnish-based Lamor Corp. is moving its U.S. operations from Seymour to 36,560 square feet at 155 Hill Street. Jon Angel of Angel Commercial represented both the tenant, which makes oil spill-recovery products, and the landlord, Clarke Avenue Properties, LLC.
New Denny’s A-building
NEW HAVEN –– C&L Whalley, LLC has leased 4,200 square feet of the former Blockbuster Video store at 1467 Whalley Avenue for a Denny’s Restaurant. The Proto Group represented the landlord, ACL/Smartyale, LLC. Jason Wuchiski of Rhys Commercial represented the tenant.
YNHHS Renews Lease
NEW HAVEN –– The Yale New Haven Health System has renewed a two-year lease for 11,065 square feet at 1 Church Street. The Proto Group represented the landlord, One Church Street, LP. No other broker was involved in the deal.
All the News That Fits
NEW HAVEN –– Tribune Co., owner of the Hartford Courant, New Haven Advocate and WTIC-TV, has inked a ten-year lease for 5,000 square feet for an Advocate office and broadcast studio at 107 Whitney Avenue. Chris Nicotra of Olympia Properties represented the landlord. Evan O’Brien of Cushman and Wakefield represented the tenant.
Whitney Ave. Lease
NEW HAVEN –– Asian Ivy Lab has signed a ten-year lease for 5,000 square feet at 97 Whitney Avenue. Landlord Chris Nicotra of Olympia Properties was sole broker in the transaction.
NORTH HAVEN –– The Basket Gallery, LLC has leased 1,000 square feet at the 55-57 State Plaza. Joel Galvin of Pearce Commercial Real Estate represented both the tenant and landlord, John DeChristofaro.
Med Office Opens in orange
ORANGE –– Urology Group, PC has leased 1,600 square feet in the Lambert Professional Center at 291 South Lambert Road. Bill Weirsman of Colonial Properties represented both the tenant and the landlord, Sunny Ledge Group, LLC.
No Bones About It
SHELTON –– Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists has leased 6,466 square feet at 889 Bridgeport Avenue for a medical office and physical therapy facility. Dan Boynton of Boynton Commercial Real Estate represented the tenant. Michael Dillion of CB Richard Ellis represented the landlord, Rugby Realty.
“This will be our eighth medical office and seventh for physical therapy,” said Laura Whinfield, marketing director for Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists. The other medical offices are in Branford, Guilford, Hamden, Milford, New Haven, Orange and Wallingford. All except for New Haven have physical therapy provided by STAR Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation.
The new space is being renovated, and is slated to open on September 1.
Food for Thought
STRATFORD –– El’s Kitchen has signed a ten-year lease for 3,000 square feet at 300 Benton Street. Jon Angel of Angel Commercial was the sole broker, representing the gluten-free snack food manufacturer and the landlord, 300 Benton Street, LLC.
WALLINGFORD –– Wesco Aircraft Hardware has signed a five-year lease for 5,000 square feet at 1070 North Farms Road. Phil Barber of H. Pearce Co. represented the tenant. Kyle Roberts of CB Richard Ellis represented the landlord, 1070 North Farms Road LLC.
HR Firm Inks Lease
WALLINGFORD –– Resources for Human Development has signed a seven-year lease for 8,125 square feet at 135 North Plains Industrial Road. Phil Barber of H. Pearce Co. represented the landlord, UPC Realty. Steve Wollman of Wollman Realty represented the tenant.
Scene and Heard
WEST HAVEN –– Steve Heard has renewed a two-year lease for 900 square feet at 38 Sawmill Road. The Proto Group represented the landlord, Mail-One LLC. Krista Foster of ERA Property World represented the tenant.
SHELTON — Cushman & Wakefield has been named the exclusive leasing agent for a 175,000-square-foot Class A office property at 6 Armstrong Road. Marcus Partners recently purchased the building from Fusco Management Co. for $8.2 million, and announced its intention to spend $4.5 million for improvements including upgraded lobbies and common areas and new mechanical and control systems.
MILFORD — Finland-based Lamor Corp. will relocate its Lamor USA operations from Seymour to 36,560 square feet of industrial flex space at 155 Hill Street in Milford.
Lamor (Larsen Marine Oil Recovery) develops, manufactures and supplies oil spill recovery equipment and services. The company performs contingency planning, risk assessments, equipment maintenance and service coupled with training. The company has offices in China, Russia and the U.S. and an agent network that covers 90 countries. The company says it has sold equipment to more than 120 countries over the past 20 years.
The property at 155 Hill Street is a multi-tenant complex with a total of 167,000 square feet. Explained Jon Angel of Angel Commercial, LLC, who represented the landlord, Clarke Avenue Properties, LLC, and tenant in the deal: “Lamor USA’s criteria included administration offices, warehouse and a clean room for manufacturing some of its products. Moreover, they required a suitable yet centrally located property for its staff to commute to. Following a comprehensive search and evaluation process to meet Lamor USA’s needs, we assessed that 155 Hill Street in Milford as the best choice that met all their requirements.”
The space is currently undergoing a complete buildout to the tenant’s specifications. “Although these are costly,” said Angel, “the landlord is willing to invest in this tenant given their financial strength and their willingness to commit to a long-term lease of the property.”
Said Lamor USA CEO Janne Suokas: “The location and the property is perfect for our operational needs. Lamor USA in Milford represents our continued commitment to our clients in the North and South American markets.”
WALLINGFORD — The mild winter of 2011-12 contributed to a warming trend in Connecticut’s residential real estate market this spring.
According to Prudential Connecticut Realty’s first quarter market report, prices of single family homes and condominium homes dropped from the first quarter of last year. These lower prices provide opportunity for buyers to take advantage of continued low mortgage rates.
Pending contracts jumped 25.9 percent for single-family homes. According to PCR, pending sales haven’t been this strong since the first quarter of 2010. Single-family closed sales are also up 8.4 percent (11.4 percent in New Haven County) while condominium closed sales increased 3.6 percent, reversing the downward trend of the last few quarters.
A major driver of surging sales is the continuing decline in median selling prices. Statewide, single-family homes prices fell 7.3 percent, to $222,500, year over year, with every county posting a decline.
Price pressure on sellers has not positively impacted average days on market, which rose during the first quarter 6.4 percent, to 165 days for single-family homes (157 days for condominiums).
The old saw about real estate (“They’re not making any more of it”) is certainly true for Connecticut’s residential market. Statewide just 2,837 housing permits were issued for all of the 2011 — the fewest, the PCR report observed, “in a very long time.”
Among New Haven County municipalities, the largest number of single-family homes sales by far occurred in Waterbury, where 145 homes changed hands in the first quarter — nearly three times the number sold in New Haven. It is probably not a coincidence that the average selling price in the Brass City — $98,000 — was likewise the lowest of any community in the county.
“We are seeing positive signs for the Connecticut real estate market,” said Peter Helie, PCR’s chairman and CEO. “It is clear that Connecticut is on the road to a housing recovery in 2012.”
A key indicator of market stabilization in Connecticut is the recovery of a third of the jobs that were lost during the great recession. Combined with other market signs such as historically low interest rates and well priced inventory, buyers are finally re-entering the market with confidence, according to PCR.
The average vacancy rate for Class A commercial office space in Fairfield County increased from 20.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 21 percent in the first quarter of 2012, according to a report from commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.
According to the quarterly market report, the Stratford/Shelton submarket saw the largest increase in overall vacancy rates, rising from 8.8 percent in the first quarter of 2011 to 13.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012. That change is due in large part to the 174,000 square feet of space that came on the market when Pitney Bowes moved its operations from Shelton to Danbury.
As the vacancy rates have inched up, so too has the average rent per square foot. According to the report, the average rate in Fairfield County increased from $35.74 per square foot in the first quarter of 2011 to $36.57 per square foot in the first quarter of 2012.
Despite the increase in vacancy rates, "the investment sales market showed definite signs of improvement this quarter, with sustained increases in sales activity expected for the remainder of 2012," the commercial real estate firm emphasized.
WEST HAVEN — Fred A. Messore, vice president of Colonial Properties, has been named 2012 Businessperson of the Year by the West Haven Chamber of Commerce. A former executive director of the West Haven Economic Development Corp., Messore has played an active role in the development of the West Haven rail station and the expansion of the University of New Haven campus. The commercial Realtor has been active in the chamber since 2000.
WALLINGFORD — Prudential Connecticut Realty has launched a new mobile application that is available for free in Apple, Android and Blackberry app stores and markets, announced company President Candace Adams.
Features include the ability to search listings based on your current GPS location, as well as through the traditional list and map search methods. Users can easily view listing details on all homes for sale throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island; such as price, square footage, property features and more directly from a Smartphone, iPad or tablet device.
To download the Prudential Connecticut mobile app, visit the app store or marketplace and search for Prudential CT & RI Realty or type in m2.prudentialCT.com in your mobile browser to be taken directly to the download page.
Shopping Center Fetches $7.5M
NEW HAVEN — A grocery-anchored shopping center at 466-480 Foxon Boulevard has sold for $7,475,000, or about $230 per square foot. Seller Krypac Development, LLC of New Haven began developing the property in 2007 as a 49,000-square-foot shopping center on 8.5 acres. During development Aldi Supermarkets purchased its 17,000-square-foot parcel from the developer. Currently the center is 90-percent occupied with tenants including T-Mobile, TD Banknorth and AutoZone. Edward Jordan, CCIM of the Northeast Private Client Group represented both the seller and the buyer, Longford Associates of White Plains, N.Y.
Orange Street Eatery Sold
NEW HAVEN – The former Red Restaurant at 56 Orange Street has been sold by the principals of Miso to native Brazilian Philippe Franco, who plans to open New Haven’s first Brazilian restaurant, Premivera Brazil, in the 3,000-square-foot space. Frank D’Ostilio of Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio was sole broker in the transaction.
No Room at the Inn
WALLINGFORD — Wallingford Tobacco has signed a five-year lease on 3,100 square feet at 900 North Colony Road. The lease is valued at $175,000. Albert Scafati of Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services, exclusive agent for the 14,000-square-foot retail center owned by TFJA, LLC, reports that with the execution of this lease, the center is 100-percent leased. Wallingford Tobacco joins tenants Heritage Floor Covering, Sirinan’s Thai and Japanese Restaurant and Little Caesars Pizza.
Maxxed Out in Southbury
SOUTHBURY — TJ Maxx has signed a long-term lease for approximately 22,000 square feet in Southbury Plaza, 100 Main Street North. Jason Wuchiski and Tyler Lyman, both of RHYS Commercial, represented landlord Southaven Associates, LLC. A division of the TJX Cos., TJ Maxx is the largest off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S.
Ballou’s Opens in Branford
BRANFORD — Ballou’s Wine Bar of Guilford has entered into a long-term lease transaction for 4,183 square feet at 2 Sybil Avenue from landlord Bud’s Realty, LLC. The property will house Ballou’s second location adjacent to area landmark Bud’s Fish Market. Proprietors Steve and Debbie Kaye plan a May opening. H. Pearce Commercial’s Richard Guralnick, CCIM was sole broker in the transaction.
Cort Inks Wallingford Lease
WALLINGFORD — Chantilly, Va.-based furniture rental company, Cort Business Services Corp., recently leased 12,750 square feet of warehouse space at 4 Northrop Industrial Park Road. Cort will utilize the facility for its regional warehouse and distribution. The landlord is 1070 North Farm Road, LLC. Sentry Commercial and UGL Services represented Cort Business Services in the location of the new facility.
Major Milford Office Lease
MILFORD — The T3 Group has signed a long-term lease for approximately 5,500 square feet of Class A office space at 440 Wheelers Farm Road. The company, formerly known as SiteTrends, LLC, relocated from Shelton. Brett A. Sherman, CCIM, senior vice president of Angel Commercial LLC, represented T3, while CBRE represented the landlord, Sova Merritt, LLC.
Women’s Clothier to 9th Square
NEW HAVEN — Custom women’s clothier Nievelle Wisdom Designs has signed a five-year lease on 1,500 square feet at 83 Orange Street from Ninth Square landlord the Related Cos. of New York City. Frank D’Ostilio of Real Living Wareck D’Ostilio was the sole broker in the transaction. The new tenant is relocating from Westville Village.
Web Designer to Post Road
GUILFORD — Zinka Benton of GoodTV, LLC has signed a lease for 360 square feet at 2415 Boston Post Road. The Web design firm has leased two offices within a suite of several offices which include a common area conference room, common area reception room, and a common area utility room. The landlord is Mariner Properties, LLC. Bill Clark, senior vice president of the Geenty Group, Realtors, was sole broker in this transaction.
TRUMBULL — Jon Angel of Angel Commercial has been named exclusive broker for 7120 Main Street. The 114,000-square-foot building on 10.1 acres is the former distribution for Read’s Department Store. Its 50,000 square feet of office space consists of open bullpen with perimeter offices. The 64,000-square-foot warehouse space features approximately 29- by 27-foot column spacing. Loading facilities include four covered loading docks with levelers and drive up ramp. Space in the building, a half-mile from the Route 25 Connector, is priced at $7.50 per square foot triple-net.
Housing prices continued to decline in Connecticut in February compared to a year ago, even as the number of transactions remained essentially flat year-over-year.
According to date from RE/MAX of New England, a total of 1,630 housing units changed hands in February statewide, down slightly from the 1,635 transactions recorded in February 2011. Over the same period the median sales price fell 9.1 percent, to $232,500 from $255,750 a year ago. In addition, the average days on market increased from 117 in February 2011 to 124 this February.
Regionwide, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire posted significant increases in sales, even as all six New England states saw average home prices decline.
“Increased sales across New England indicates a strengthening market,” observed Jay Hummer, executive vice president of RE/MAX of New England. “With the Obama administration reporting that we’re seeing the lowest national inventory of homes for sale since 2006, we should see pricing start to adjust accordingly.”
State St.’s MakeHaven the newest ‘co-working’ space
NEW HAVEN — “Co-working” space is on the rise, and New Haven certainly is experiencing a bit of a boomlet in the phenomenon.
The newest to enter the fold downtown is MakeHaven, which is in the process of moving into newly leased two-floor space at 266 State Street.
MakeHaven is sort of industrial-tech cousin of shared office spaces like The Grove and The Bourse. The member-driven organization is a product of hacker ethic (not to be confused with those who break into computer systems; those would be “crackers”). It’s a place where members can come to design, build, modify or take apart and re-build devices of their own invention, or work with other members on theirs.
J.R. Logan is treasurer and one of the organization’s 17 members. MakeHaven will provide shared tools and shop space, which members can use to create and work.
“We’re looking for creativity — inventors, hobbyists, anyone who works with hardware,” he says. “They’ll be building their first prototype, or the first ten prototypes. Then we’ll test it, and break it, and build it again.”
MakeHaven’s members are programmers, designers, woodworkers, machinists and electronic engineers, and most work in various disciplines and institutions in the city, or are themselves entrepreneurs. As is the idea with shared workspaces, members can tap one another for information and share ideas. Logan expects there will be music and art-related projects, but also plenty of work purely “for the joy of inventing.”
The members are still gathering equipment and developing MakeHaven’s business and operational model, but Logan says members will regularly hold workshops, events and community programs at the space.
“We want something where people can share their ideas,” Logan says. “Maybe they create something and turn it into a business from there. We definitely plan to make it remarkable.”
A full membership is $50 a month, and Logan says with enough members, those fees can cover basic operating costs. The organization is currently applying for non-profit status, which would allow it to receive donations.
More information can be found at MakeHaven.org.
Angel Commercial, LLC, Press/Cuozzo Commercial Realtors and Cushman & Wakefield are among the Westchester (N.Y.)/southern Connecticut winners of the 2011 CoStar Power Broker Awards.
Angel was a top leasing firm, along with Cushman, Press/Cuozzo and Matthews Commercial Properties, LLC. Angel company president Jon Angel was a top industrial leasing broker, as was Matt O’Hare of CBRE|New England, Ed Godin and Gerry Matthews of Matthews Commercial and Mark Glassman of Arnold Peck’s Commercial World.
Top sales brokers included Tim Fagen of CBRE|New England and Gary Witten, Victor Noletti and Steve Witten of Marcus & Millichap.
The annual awards recognize “the top commercial real estate brokerage firms and brokers who performed at the industry’s highest level and achieved remarkable sales and leasing success.”
HARTFORD –– The most recent survey of members of members of the Connecticut/western Massachusetts chapter of SIOR shows most are optimistic about commercial real estate market conditions in the region. More than 56 percent said conditions had either stabilized or improved during the second half of 2011, compared to the first six months of the year.
More than 66 percent of respondents expect improvement in market conditions during 2012, while 31 percent forecast no change and one percent anticipates further decline. Members also indicated that industrial and office markets have stabilized, although a “significant minority” fret about further declines in market lease rates. Eighty percent of members believe industrial lease rates will remain unchanged while 20 percent anticipate a decline. Sixty percent think office lease rates will remain unchanged while 36 percent foresee a decline and four percent expect rates to increase.
Respondents expect industrial vacancy rates to decrease [48 percent], remain unchanged [44 percent] or increase [eight percent], while office vacancy rates will decrease [37.5 percent], remain unchanged [37.5 percent] or increase [25 percent].