Authority now owns 6 buildings in target area

January 11, 2019

The Watertown Redevelopment Authority now owns all six buildings on the 100 block of West Main Street after closing on the building occupied by the Watertown Daily Times.

Executive Director Kristen Fish said she has to speak with the Adams Publishing Group, the new publishing company that purchased the Daily Times, as to when the newspaper has to relocate.

Images Hair Studio has moved out of its location on West Main Street and has moved into a new location on 706 Market St.

One resident who lived in an apartment above the former Chalet Restaurant has moved into a new location.

“They are moved out, the payment has been made to them and there will be another one in the next couple weeks moving out,” Fish said.

Fish is still working with Triana’s Trophy Case to find a new location.

In other business, Fish reported to the board that one tenant at the business incubator at 1101 Industrial Drive had expensive estimates for a build-out and they were not ready to sign a lease at the moment.

The board is still waiting for a response from the city to place name ideas for the town square in the spring ballot.

Fish said the city has some economic development revolving funds but the state is closing the Community Development Block Grant.

“There’s a process for returning that money back to the community and the mayor is working on it with the state right now,” Fish said.

The board invited the public to attend the meeting to ask questions and comment on their strategies for the development of downtown.

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