A large old factory building on 2.44 acres of prime Dixwell Avenue retail property will be auctioned off next month -- what would you like to see happen to the site?


On April 10, Higgenbotham Auctioneers will host an auction for a 2.44 acre piece of property with a large old factory building at 1717 Dixwell Ave known as the Hamden Pond property.

Hamden Patch wants to know -- what would you like to see there?

There's about 60,000 square feet of space in the brick building at the intersection of Dixwell Avenue and Mather Street built in 1930, and a seperate 5,000 square foot building also included in the sale, according to the auction materials.

The building as 23' high ceilings and it was partially renovated about five years ago for "Paradise Village Center," a development whose plans included eatieries and retail space. Those plans were approved but the project never materialized, and the plans are included in the auction materials.

The taxes on the property are about $25,000, according to the auction materials. The property is zoned T4, which allows for both residential and retail uses.

What do you think would be best suited for that property?




Thomas Alegi March 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Low income housing
Professive Mom March 26, 2012 at 12:51 PM
a boys and girls club. with affordable interesting programs and activities for kids of all ages why isn't our economic development team trying to sell this space to these kinds of groups that would benefit our community?
Dina March 26, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I think Hamden needs to figure out what it is, as a town. What does it want to be noted for that might bring people to Hamden. Outside $ by visitors is a positive way to make revenue for a city. It cannot keep taxing its own people. This spot might be good for that. What lacks in the outlying areas that might be a benefit to Hamden, bring revenue, and start to represent what the town is about all while endorsing that Hamden also cares about its southern part, continuing right down the road to the New Haven line continuing with this theme.
Ann Criscuolo Pari March 26, 2012 at 01:53 PM
senior house would be nice. It is a convenient location for a small condo type housing development for seniors, not necessarily low but moderate income.
Cindy Simell-Devoe March 26, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I fell in love with this building years ago. As the director of Hamden's non profit theater company, I would like the space to be used as an arts center offering theater, dance and music lessons. I would also like to see it used as a performance venue. The entire building can be an arts consignment shop where artists sell their photography, sculptures, paintings etc. Parent can eat at a small bistro inside while their kids are taking their lessons. I even have the name-- "Hamden Arts Center by the Lake", just done have the $!
Thomas Alegi March 26, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Cindy Simell-Devoe, what would be the cost for your Hamden Art Center? Ann Criscuolo Pari, Hamden can't keep up with the cost of running the senior housing on Clifford St Dina, what would you bring to that site that would generate revenue for the town and jobs?
marjorie Bonadies March 26, 2012 at 04:19 PM
How about a small movie theaatre, eateries. art gallery?
Cindy Simell-Devoe March 26, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Not sure of the cost of renovations. Operating expenses would be paid by different renters...ie. someone teaching guitar lessons would pay rent, I would pay rent to teach theater classes. Someone whose art is displayed would pay a percentage of their sale. There's a place in North Conway, New Hampshire that is a handcrafter's barn where half goes to the artist, half goes to the barn. This way the crafter or artist prices things accordingly. I would assume that building will cost millions to renovate.
Paula D March 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Ideal place for a movie theatre, also a Bounce U a great activity for kids and adults, with food courts , bakery, ice cream.
Thomas Alegi March 27, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Cindy I like the way you pay for it all. The mayor will be at the DHCA in April or May come and tell the mayor. Everyone who posted a commet should tell the mayor about what they would like to see that building and land used for.
Marty March 27, 2012 at 05:25 AM
A movie theater would be a great thing if there were enough security there.
Paul Saubestre March 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM
The building is a factory, so how about using it for high-tech manufacturing. Wasn't there a proposal at one time for a biotech center on the site? Is anybody in town government doing anything to market the site to prospective businesses? We desperately need to increase the grand list of our town.
Marc Pettersen March 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
This is a beautiful property that I've been eying for the past year. I have a similar vision to Cindy. I'd like to see it as a multi arts collaborative project. Art gallery, cafe, restaurant, space for yoga, music lessons, dance lessons. An art store with art on sale from local artists. A music venue. Part of it can be renovated for studios that artists can rent out. A space for artists to collaborate and create. I already have one arts business that is interested. Also, myself I teach art classes, coordinate figure drawing sessions, create art events and work at an art gallery. In the back could be a community garden, which is right near the Farmington River Trail. (lots of joggers and bikers) I'd like to get a group of people together next week and hash out a business plan that we can present to the Mayor for possible help with this project. I think if there are enough arts people interested, we could find the funding to buy this building. My main concern is buying the space. I have enough know how and contacts to get together fund raisers to renovate the building. Also, there are a lot of grants available. This space could be a beautiful business for Hamden that would attract artists and business from all over the state and beyond! If you are interested in getting together next week, please email me at mpettersen75@yahoo.com or call me at 860-759-8499 Marc
Marie April 18, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Does anyone know if the building was sold at auction?
Yvonne November 30, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Professive Mom: Our organization, D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. to Succeed, Inc. (Desiring Every Student to Increase Necessary Educational Development) would be very interested in leasing the 5,000 square foot space. However, we are a start-up 501(c)(3) with minimal funds. Wouldn't it be awesome if Economic Development and the Town of Hamden would provide some type of assistance to help our organization to occupy the space? D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. to Succeed, Inc. is an after school program dedicated to enriching the lives of young people and families in Hamden through affordable, creative, quality program opportunities. Our program will focus on increased proficiency in academic areas, extra-curricular activities, social and cultural development and a commitment to engage families in their children's education.
Yvonne November 30, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Marie, No, There were no takers. It is a hefty price to renovate the building. The previous owner ran out of money.


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