Middletown got its first glimpse of the new 505 Main Street building today, as the construction fence came down.
Just 16 months ago, a snow-laden roof brought down the old 505 Main building - an event which thankfully (amazingly) did not cause any injuries, even though it blew bricks and refuse clear across Main Street.
This week, the building's owners - the downtown accounting firm of Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski - began the move back to their old address. I took a quick tour of the building last week, and in addition to stunning views of Main Street, the building holds two office suites (a second-floor unit of 1400 sq. ft. is still available) and a first floor space, which is reportedly going to open as a full-service Vietnamese restaurant later this year.
Congratulations to the folks at Guilmartin, DiPiro & Sokolowski! Middletown is lucky to have a local business willing to make such an investment in a handsome new building on Main Street, when it might have been easier (and certainly cheaper!) to just find another space elsewhere. As Mike DiPiro, one of the principals, said at the DBD meeting earlier this week, even though they were comfortable in their temporary digs at the MiddleOak Building on Court and Broad, they missed the old neighborhood. He said that when they began to move back, "I called my wife from the car and told her - I'm headed back to the North End!"