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HPX Update: Sovereigns Trading Company Building, New Britain

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The five-story Sovereigns Trading Company building, a key structure in downtown New Britain, will be rehabilitated as luxury condominiums and a restaurant. The upper floors of the building have been vacant since the early 1960s. The last ground floor tenant was a women’s clothing shop, which closed in 1999. The building was listed in the March/April 2004 issue of the Exchange, when the city was seeking proposals for its rehabilitation and adaptive use. A team, which included representatives from the New Britain Chamber of Commerce, the New Britain Downtown District, and Banknorth, selected MRC Construction and Restoration of Dumont, New Jersey to take on the project. The New Britain City Council approved the choice. The project is expected to cost 1.4 million dollars.  MRC will restore the exterior of the building. The interior will be reconfigured for eight condominium units on the four upper floors, with retention of some original features. An upscale restaurant is expected to occupy the ground level. Work will begin in mid-August and should be completed by the winter of 2005-2006. The project will further the continued revitalization of downtown New Britain and will contribute to the historic streetscape.The Sovereigns Trading Company building was constructed in 1904 of yellow brick with limestone trim for the, a local dry goods grocer. Designed by New Britain architect William Cadwell, the facade features two vertical rows of bay windows made of pressed tin. The windows have egg and dart trim. The cornice began to fall off about ten years ago and was removed, but the name, Sovereigns Trading Company, and the date of 1904 still appear in limestone at the top of the building.

HPX Update: Sovereigns Trading Company Building, New Britain

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The five-story Sovereigns Trading Company building, a key structure in downtown New Britain, will be rehabilitated as luxury condominiums and a restaurant. The upper floors of the building have been vacant since the early 1960s. The last ground floor tenant was a women's clothing shop, which closed in 1999. The building was listed in the March/April 2004 issue of the Exchange, when the city was seeking proposals for its rehabilitation and adaptive use. A team, which included representatives from the New Britain Chamber of Commerce, the New Britain Downtown District, and Banknorth, selected MRC Construction and Restoration of Dumont, New Jersey to take on the project. The New Britain City Council approved the choice. The project is expected to cost 1.4 million dollars. MRC will restore the exterior of the building. The interior will be reconfigured for eight condominium units on the four upper floors, with retention of some original features. An upscale restaurant is expected to occupy the ground level. Work will begin in mid-August and should be completed by the winter of 2005-2006. The project will further the continued revitalization of downtown New Britain and will contribute to the historic streetscape.The Sovereigns Trading Company building was constructed in 1904 of yellow brick with limestone trim for the, a local dry goods grocer. Designed by New Britain architect William Cadwell, the facade features two vertical rows of bay windows made of pressed tin. The windows have egg and dart trim. The cornice began to fall off about ten years ago and was removed, but the name, Sovereigns Trading Company, and the date of 1904 still appear in limestone at the top of the building.