Michiel Wackers, Deputy Director of Middletown's Planning, Conservation and Developement department led the Planning and Zoning Commissions, Citizen's Advisory Committee on a tour of the available space in the former Remington Rand building, 180 Johnson St., which is owned by the city.
Wackers led a small crowd, which included the committee, two Common Council members and some interested residents, on a tour of the rough space, and provided a history of the building and a rundown of current and proposed tenants.
Currently, the building houses an eel breeding and export company, a coffee roaster (Zen Roasters), two breweries (Stubborn Beauty, which begins retail sales this week and Forest City, a nano-brewery), a gym, a body shop, and a landscape company. Wackers said that with new tenants just signed, and several who are seriously interested, he predicted the entire first-floor space would be occupied by the end of the year.
After a sale of the building fell through a few years ago, the Planning office took the lead in pursuing clean-up of ground waste by former owners, and building renovations which make the space realistically usable. The renovations have been funded by grants from the city.