If you were a developer and owned this prime real estate on the corner of Liberty and Delay Street in downtown Danbury, what would you build there for the benefit of the City of Danbury?
This is the question Danbury officials will ask themselves before choosing the new owner. In the city’s application package, officials made it clear that they were looking for potential buyers “execute a high quality and financially feasible project that advances the vision of the city”, according to a Hearst Connecticut Media article.
This means that the city will not sell to a developer who plans to keep the property as a parking lot or parking garage. Instead, Danbury city officials have made it clear that they are pushing for projects that include retail space on the ground floor, restaurants and residential accommodation on the top floor.
The Danbury Ice Arena is just a short walk from the property for sale on the corner of Liberty and Delay Street. With the return in October of our professional hockey team, the Danbury Hat Tricks, as well as the continuation of the Downtown Danbury Streetscape Renaissance Project, the downtown area could experience a well-deserved revival.
City officials plan to form a committee that will include Danbury’s planning director to review the developer’s proposals. Any interested developer must submit proposals by 2:00 p.m. on July 14.
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