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Visions for Vacancies: 194 Perry Ave.

We examine buildings in the Norwalk community not living up to their full potential to see what the community would like to see spring up there.

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Vacant buildings are a problem for a community. Patch wants to know what you think the solution can be.

In our occasional series Visions for Vacancies we’ll look at vacant businesses and buildings in Norwalk and surrounding areas to see what our readers want to see move into their community.

Today, we’re looking at commercial office space located at 194 Perry Street, near Silvermine Avenue, spotted in the listings of Prudential Real Estate. They list the space as hotel and restaurant space.

The 20,299-square-foot building was built in 1810 and sits on 4.78 acres. According to the description, the building is overlooking a waterfall and mill pond. In addition to the Inn and restaurant space, there are hay barns, a retail store and two houses with four apartments.

The building is listed at $2,795,000 with property taxes at $46,901.

What do you think could go in this space? Let us know in the comments section.

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ada olive January 22, 2013 at 02:10 PM
I hope that the Silvermine Tavern can be taken over by someone who can make it continue on as an inn and restaurant. I had my wedding reception there and dined there on many occasions. A little bit of simplicity in a high tech world.
Donna LeBlanc January 22, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I'm hoping same, that someone restore's the Inn and restaurant to it's original potential. Silvermine (the community) misses it as does those of us from the rest of too crowded, too busy Norwalk. Remember jazz nights? Fun!
linda vazquez January 22, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Is this property the old Silvermine Tavern property? Sure wish it was still in business. Such celebrations and dining delights happened inside and on the outdoor dining deck.
Kybrdplyr January 23, 2013 at 07:58 PM
A lot of upfront expenses, probably, to bring this gem back to its former glory. I always think of "Holiday Inn" when I think of this place. In that spirit, why not bring back the restaurant in a unique way using local food and produce something like the "Dressing Room" but not quite as high end. Then have constant activities during the day, small meetings or teas, book clubs, knitting groups, children's reading groups, dances at night and lots of music featured. Have barn dances with fiddlers! Poetry readings and book reading nights and lessons given on the grounds in bee keeping (2 per one quarter acre of course), small animal keeping, like chickens and a very few goats, how to can and make candles. In other words, combine contemporary use types with its historical use and make it a destination. Try keeping the prices moderate but the volume fairly high. That way, the return on the initial investment could be realized. And what about grants to restore historic buildings? Does this building retain enough of the original character to quality? This could also defray the initial costs. Be sure to have a paid caretaker in one of those apartments and rent out the rest to those who could participate in keeping the place going in top notch shape.
Kybrdplyr January 23, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Last comment: If I were the Silvermine Community, I would be very careful about the re-zoning of this property to destroy existing structures and put multiple houses upon it. There are developers out there who love to pick up properties, especially along a river's edge, for a song then get all of the permits they need BEFORE public input then slam the development on through. This property is very beautiful - it is imperative that it remain intact.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 23, 2013 at 08:43 PM
I'm really enjoying reading these comments and love the idea generation! Kybrdplyr, I like the idea of the barn dances and book clubs!

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