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Galleria latest start in Danbury renewal.

Construction has begun on the Galleria, a 35,000-square-foot office and retail building to be located on Main Street in Danbury, it was announced by Union Savings Bank, the project's developer.

The latest in a series of projects that are part of downtown Danbury's $30 million redevelopment program, the Galleria will include nearly 9,000 square feet of retail space located around an indoor atrium on the round floor, and almost 17,000 square feet of office space on the second and third floors.

It will be located next door to the Main Street Rehabilitation Center, Danbury Hospital's new state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation project also under construction on Main Street.

This announcement comes in the midst of significant progress in the downtown redevelopment effort. In recent months, funding has been put in place for construction of a new Metro-North railroad station and for the HART downtown Pulsepoint for regional bus transportation. Funding is also in place for renovating the existing railroad station and discussions are underway about the possibility of creating a railroad museum on that site.

In addition to the Main Street Rehabilitation Center, which is scheduled to open within a few months, construction is scheduled to begin this month on Liberty Terrace, a 35-unit condominium development.

Already completed are the new Green, the 550-car Patriot Garage and much of the planned streetscape improvements, landscaping, traffic improvements and new sidewalks. Other projects planned for downtown Danbury include additional housing and commercial development.

As the newest element in the redevelopment of downtown, the Galleria, designed by architect Lewis Zurlo of Lewis Zurlo Associates, will have an entranceway framed by a 40-foot-high arched glass opening. Visitors will enter the brick and glass building into an atrium - with terrazzo floors, a granite fountain and a 25-foot-diameter skylight - in which the retail space will be located. The office space will be located on the top two floors of the three story building.

The total cost of the Galleria, which is being financed by Union Savings Bank, will be approximately $3 million. The general contractor will be Caldwell and Walsh of Ridgefield, Connecticut and completion of the project is scheduled for the fall of 1993.
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Title Annotation:Danbury, Connecticut office and retail project under construction as part of city's redevelopment program
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Dec 9, 1992
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