NEWTOWN – The Main Street building that housed the city’s police department for decades until last year is looking for a buyer.

“Someone is going to have to invest some money to adapt the building to what they want to do with it,” Newtown First Selectman Dan Rosenthal said this week. “For a commercial application, it’s not a big property, but it does have some value. “

Rosenthal speaks of a 1950 one-story building at 3 Main Street, which was both Newtown Police Headquarters and South Town Hall. In addition to the police department and 911 dispatch center, the Newtown Recreation Department and Social Services Department were located in the same 22,000 square foot building.

Since construction of the new $ 15 million police headquarters on South Main Street was completed in 2020, and the $ 15 million community Center Opened on the Fairfield Hills campus in 2019, the flat-roofed building is no longer needed by the city.

“I don’t think there’s anyone going to say we need the building,” Rosenthal said in an interview last week.

Rosenthal and the Board of Selectmen took the first step in marketing the property earlier this month by voting to sell the 1-acre building and site, sending the matter to the Legislative Council.

“The board is the one who can limit the use of the property,” Rosenthal said at a meeting on Aug. 16. “[W]We would be weighing down the property to try to control its future use – whether commercial or single-family – so that we don’t make it become something no one wants.

After the acts of the Legislative Council, Newtown would likely put the building on the market.

“There has been some local interest in the property, and if we found a buyer we would negotiate something that is satisfactory use,” Rosenthal said in an interview on Tuesday. “There is no buyer at the moment.”

The plan to find a buyer for the old police headquarters is part of a larger trend in commercial activity in Newtown. Last week, city leaders agreed in principle to sell a 14-acre property to a developer who is offering to build up to 200 age-restricted apartments.

In July, a developer won the tender for convert two buildings in Fairfield Hills in apartments and commercial use. That same month, an Ohio distributor announced it would renovate the old Hubbell factory off Highway 25. And in April, a motorhome dealership that was considering renovating an old warehouse got tax relief. as an incentive.

At the same time, Newtown is in the midst of a rebranding campaign to attract new businesses.

“I am pleased with the marketing efforts our city is undertaking as we continue to work with our businesses,” said Rosenthal.

Rosenthal suggested it was only a matter of time before formal offers came in for the old police headquarters.

“We had tire shooters and people locally interested in the property,” Rosenthal said at the Aug. 16 meeting. “Hopefully one of these (deals) comes to fruition, but I certainly don’t want to wait either.”

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