Middletown developer generating $20 million investment in downtown

DeMartino, who is applying cash provided by the town, the American Rescue Plan Act and the point out Department of Economic and Neighborhood Improvement, strategies to have a new structure in position there by the end of the year. 

A familiar facial area inside the local community, DeMartino, 49, sits on the boards of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, St. Vincent de Paul Middletown and the Middletown Police Athletic League.

The demolished circa 1880 construction will be changed by a 3,400-sq.-foot Latin cafe on the floor floor and 12 studio flats previously mentioned, all prepared to open by the fall of 2024.

A Durham resident, DeMartino mentioned he sees regular progress in Middletown, and predicts that with all of the progress happening in and about the city, Primary Road will be “the location to be.” 

It can be all part of a multipronged downtown Principal Road redevelopment with 10 or far more factors, which include restaurants, a wine bar, retail organizations and housing that will be moving into a new section as the period rolls into fall. 

Some of the businesses, which includes a Refreshing Cutz barbershop on the Principal Avenue block amongst Washington and Courtroom streets, will start serving the community in October. In the meantime, the target will go to an additional ingredient of the job just down the block.

In Oct, DeMartino expects a wine bar to open at 418 Most important St. operated by Tony Prifitera, proprietor of Sicily Coal Fired Pizza upcoming door at 412 Key St. The cafe and the wine bar will be connected by way of a passageway. DeMartino mentioned development is accomplished, and all that stays is ending do the job on the interior. 

The basement will attribute a speakeasy, also operated by Prifitera, which is anticipated to open up in Oct.

In the rear of 418 Main St., dealing with the Melilli Plaza parking whole lot, a 15-chair barbershop will open in Oct. There will also be 10 loft flats on the next ground: eight 1-bedroom units and two two-bedroom models. The units have not been rented yet, DeMartino claimed.

In the tumble of 2024, the venture will transfer into its third stage, centered on 428 Key St. at the previous Woolworth Developing. Building will start out in September 2024 and be comprehensive a year later on, he mentioned.

The creating will element a rooftop bar with an elevator to transport patrons between flooring, a steak and chops restaurant on the most important ground, a banquet/occasions facility in the basement, and however-to-be-determined retail on the north side of the making. 

DeMartino acknowledged that the complexity of the developments is complicated, but praised city officers for both monetary assist and creating the system as friction-totally free as attainable.

Middletown is supporting the jobs with $2.54 million in grants that flowed from the federal government’s COVID-19 pandemic funding, as well as $2.6 million from the point out Department of Financial and Neighborhood Progress. 

Mayor Ben Florsheim reported he is content to hear that city team has manufactured the method a easy one particular. 

“We are lucky to have a developer like Dominick in Middletown, and I am gratified he feels so positively about the town staff members,” he explained. “It’s been a fantastic operating connection from our standpoint as properly. Bobbye (Knoll Peterson, his main of personnel) in unique has performed an remarkable career shepherding the many state, federal, and regional funding sources to maintain these initiatives on monitor.” 

DeMartino emphasised that Middletown is in the ascent and that the total venture should really be performed in two many years. “We’re fully commited to paying $20 million in the city or over and above,” he explained. “That’s my intention by 2025.”