Bridgeport landmark restaurant Testo’s sold to developer

The buyer is Amit Lakhotia, who has garnered significant attention for redevelopment projects in New Britain. John Guedes’ Bridgeport-based Primrose Companies has partnered with Lakhotia before and was hired to design and build the apartments. Lakhotia Tuesday credited Guedes for introducing him to the site and to Giacobbe. He plans to break ground early next year and have his building occupied by mid-to-late 2024. He said he was attracted to the property because of the proximity to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, the towns of Fairfield and Trumbull, Fairfield-based Sacred Heart University and the Westfield Trumbull mall. In late 2021 Giacobbe filed preliminary paperwork with the city for an apartment or condominium complex with underground parking on the property. He and his land use attorney, Raymond Rizio, in early January dismissed rumors of a pending sale. They instead argued the paperwork had to be submitted to get around height restrictions on new developments that took effect Jan. 1 as part of revised city-wide zoning regulations.

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