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The Future of Trumbull Center

By Peter DiNardo

To the Citizens of Trumbull:

I am involved in the partnership group that owns the commercial real estate known as Trumbull Center.  In recent months, I have heard and read the concerns of many Trumbull residents about the vacancies and general condition of Trumbull Center.

The ownership of Trumbull Center was in legal limbo for some time after my uncle, Richard Aiello, passed away in 2004.  It was only in 2009 that the day-to-day control of Trumbull Center was fully settled, and we immediately began planning improvements for the property.  We have had numerous conversations with the Town’s Planning Director and Economic Development Director about our plans, and I believe they can vouch for our sincere intention to revive Trumbull Center.  

By now, I hope many of you have noticed new sidewalks, facades and recent renovations to four of the buildings in the Center.   These projects have cost our group a substantial amount of money in the past year alone, and we are not done making improvements.

It is our intention to ultimately improve every part of the Center.  Additional  buildings will be rehabilitated.  However, we will work with Planning and Zoning, Economic Development, and other Town officials to determine those buildings which are not economically feasible to rehabilitate, whether due to age or inefficient layouts, will be demolished and replaced with new buildings that are professionally designed, energy efficient for tenants, compatible with the best of the existing architecture, and attractive to businesses and their customers alike. 

As we have evaluated every building in the Center, we have been very selective in our leasing - we cannot sign new leases with tenants for buildings that still have to undergo major rehabilitation, and we cannot put new tenants into buildings that may have to be demolished and replaced.  We knew this would be a multi-year process.   Even under these circumstances, there will be new tenants announced in 2013. Also, we are doing everything we can to assist our existing tenants, recognizing that the poor national economy of the last 5 years has put some out of business and had a major impact on virtually all of them.

Trumbull Center has been a vital point of the Town of Trumbull for many decades.   We recognize the importance of the Center to the citizens of Trumbull and to the tenants of the Center.  We have strived to assist tenants wherever possible, and we are focused on the growth and vitality of the Center for the decades to come

We recognize that many people in Town care about Trumbull Center, and the same feelings that have made the Center so important to the Town and popular for several decades also come with a responsibility for us, as owners.  Please know that we take the concerns and even the criticism to heart, and we will continue to work towards improving Trumbull Center.

Sincerely,

Peter DiNardo

Sue D March 01, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Trader Joes Please
Eric W. Booth March 01, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Trader Joe, Whole Foods, etc....
Lisa Palmieri March 01, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Trader Joes!!!
Anonymous March 01, 2013 at 06:48 PM
We moved to Trumbull back in 2005, and are a young family (the new generation of Trumbull). We look at many other towns in Fairfield county that have a nice downtown area, and wish Trumbull had that. We find ourselves constantly going to neighboring towns for dining and other needs that could possibly be replaced if Trumbull Center had more options. Like others, and the voice of many young families we come in contact with, we don’t need another bank. Trader Joes, Hallmark, Apple Store, Jamba Juice, Chipotle, Five Guys, Colony pizza, etc. would be great. I’m sure there needs to be interest for these companies to want to rent in Trumbull Center (it’s a two way street), but there is definitely a need and desire from the citizens of Trumbull. I think any of the places I listed (amongst others) would receive RAVE reviews, and since there is no competition, they’d be extremely busy. Even though the Trumbull Center has had some improvements there still seems like a lot of work ahead and many, many vacancies to fill in that ghost town.
Baffled Resident March 01, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Enough with the Trader Joe requests, people. There is no way the location will support it. Period. Wake-up. Not happening. Caraluzzi's OTOH, could be supported.
Baffled Resident March 01, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Mr. DiNardo, you might want to revise your letter to omit one little detail. A certain person that you mentioned established quite the reputation as being difficult with people that he dealt with. Knowing that you have a tie to said individual could be a turnoff to prospective tenants.
gail jarvis March 01, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Peter DiNardo Thank you for a most honest and informative letter to the people of Trumbull. Since the beginning of the year there have been many 'comments' as to what should be done with Trumbull Center. Many of these comments I am sure you have read on this very Patch Site. Your thoughtful letter certainly explains in detail-- the process and progress of building and re-building 'A NewTrumbullCenter'. The economy that has affected all of us--whether employer or employee--has made many of us re-think the direction we must commit to, your letter addressess those concerns. The 'simpleness' of moving into or out-of a store front is not as easy as most would think. The "new" look of Trumbull is starting to show!!!! Good Luck on your continued plans for Trumbull Center and Thank YOu for 'listening' to the many --- who share their ideas with you.
Trumbull Gal March 02, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Mr . DiNardo, Thank you so much for your continued efforts. Your success is our success!
Anne Needleman March 02, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I know, right?! I don't get all the love for Trader Joe's. Some of the things they sell are ok. I don't like their produce and meat section, bleah. Also, they are rated pretty high for food recalls on items they sell.
CommonSense March 02, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Everybody has an idea for Trumbull Center. Everybody always comments that Westport/Fairfield/Darien etc etc etc has the Downtown we wish we could have. Really!!!! You could have it if you move to one of those towns. Its really quite simple. As with the different towns in Fairfield County its a matter of economics....Everyone has their wish list!

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