A two-story West Grand Avenue building is looking better after a facelift and ready to welcome its first retail tenant, a deli.
As efforts continue to secure financing for The Savoy, Dornoch is interested in liquidating some of its properties on Main and East Cherry streets.
Plans to sell the Kings Inn apparently fell through, and with it, plans to renovate the two-story motel this spring.
Rafael Ortiz, who owns the property at 209-219 W. Main St. along with several other downtown sites, said some interior work still remains to be done. He estimated the shop could be in operation within a month.
The cafe signed a two-year lease with an option for three years on the 1,200-square-foot space at $1,500 a month, according to Ortiz. It will replace a camera and phone store that left in December.
The developers of The Savoy are still in search of financing, but the project is “not dead,” according to City Administrator and Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier. Briefing commissioners during last week’s Redevelopment Agency meeting, Pelissier said Hillside-based Dornoch/Maplewood Homes is still waiting to get a financial commitment.
The City Council Tuesday night authorized $125,000 for materials while the labor will be done by the county, according to City Administrator/Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier. The work is expected to take a few days. The city will continue to pursue Diversified Communities for almost a half-million dollars in improvements, or reimbursement of the improvements. The Redevelopment Agency declared the Parsippany-based developer in default of its redevelopment agreement last month.
Pelissier said other improvements that Diversified is responsible for, such as drainage, will be done after the complaint is settled.