The building that sits on the southeast corner of Main and Fourth streets is scheduled for a facelift the owners hope will create a spark for downtown Windsor.
The owners of the building, 201/205 4th St., plan to renovate and remodel the 3,750-square-foot second floor into a pub-type restaurant. Building plans submitted to the town call for an exterior deck on the north side, offering views of Main Street and Windsor Lake.
“I think this would be extremely exciting for Windsor, and I definitely think it will create other opportunities for other businesses,” said Eric Peratt with P and L Properties, while speaking to the Windsor Town Board at a July 28 meeting. Peratt owns the building along with his business partner Jim Lohr. “I think it’s going to be the spark that wakes things up, I hope.”
Remodeling the second floor will require multiple upgrades, including expanding the existing water and sewer lines. The Windsor Town Board waived about $17,222 in administrative, water plant and sewer plant investment fees for the owners at the board’s July 28 meeting. Town Economic Development Director Stacy Johnson said the owners plan to spend about $630,512 renovating the building and about $153,209 on restaurant equipment.
Mayor John Vazquez said the project has a lot to offer.
“Certainly I’m pretty excited about this opportunity,” Vazquez said. “It seems like a relatively small investment for a huge opportunity.”
Board member Kristie Melendez said the Downtown Development Authority has supported the project through three facade grants, making Peratt the first grantee of the DDA’s program to promote facade improvements downtown.
Board member Myles Baker also expressed his support for the project.
“This is really exciting for me,” Baker said. “The number one question I get is when are we going to get more restaurants in downtown.”
Board member Christian Morgan said he was hesitant about offering incentives without a lot of consideration, however, he said with the proposed location he felt it would be appropriate and good for the downtown area.
The restaurant is slated for opening in April.