Progress coming along on Steele Center project off Farmington Avenue in Berlin

Progress is coming along on the 80,000 sq. ft. Steele Center project off Farmington Avenue, a mixed-use development that broke ground in March. “We are currently under construction with 9 Steele Boulevard; the steel frame is up and wood framing is now going up,” Tony Valenti, one of the principals of Newport Realty Group, told the Herald Wednesday. Newport first submitted its proposal to the town in Sept. 2018 and signed a purchase agreement in May 2019. The developer paid $460,000 for the two parcels along Farmington Avenue, the former site of a warehouse furniture store, and $1 for the Brownfield site on the property’s north end, which was formerly an industrial use. Although construction materials have faced shortages and delays, the developer has kept to his timeline and the project remains on track.

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