Another significant building on Connecticut Street is being being brought back to life. 484 Connecticut Street, at the corner of 17th, was purchased by real estate agent Rob Karp (a few years back), who has enlisted the help of Jessica Fuchs (Fox MC Inc) to restore the integrity of the structure. Not only is the team breathing new life into the upstairs apartments, they are also reviving the original storefront (as close as they can).
“This was formerly a chopped up office space,” said Jessica. “The first thing that we did was get the walls out and open it up. We had a feeling that there was a nice storefront hiding behind the plywood and 18 coats of paint, and we were right. We found colorful transom windows underneath, and they were in great shape. We got lucky. We also realized that a lot of the structure had been compromised, and we needed to restructure the front wall, which meant reframing per the current code. So we lost one transom window, but the rest are all there. Altogether, we spent between 80 and 90 hours repairing the windows, but it was worth it.”
Jessica, who originally hails from NYC, says that she is super happy to be working on this project, which she feels is another significant win for Connecticut Street. She also told me that there is already a commercial tenant in line for the downstairs space, which is another win. This project is a welcome addition to the historic street. With relatively new (and successful) anchor businesses like BreadHive, Black Sheep, and the Horsefeathers Market Building (with Perks on the way), this commercial corridor between Richmond Avenue and Niagara Street is one of the West Side’s most exciting neighborhoods to keep an eye on.