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MIDDLETOWN — Two fledgling businesses will be moving into the city’s incubator space at the old Remington Rand typewriter company factory in the North

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MIDDLETOWN — Two fledgling businesses will be moving into the city’s incubator space at the old Remington Rand typewriter company factory in the North End: a barbecue catering endeavor and skate shop/screen printing operation.

Economic Development Commission members unanimously approved the measures this month. The Common Council will consider the resolution at its Monday night session.

The two new businesses, to be located at the The R. M. Keating Historical Enterprise Park at 180 Johnson St., are moving from Cromwell: Skatz Smokez BBQ & Catering will be leasing a 1,000-square-foot space, while Found Apparel, a skate shop and screen-printing business, will be leasing a 3,000-square-foot area.

The Found Apparel lease will generate a minimum of $223,572 over two decades, according to documents filed for the upcoming Common Council meeting. The Skatz Smokez BBQ & Catering contract will generate a minimum of $29,200 over its terms.

Spoke + Spy/Kiro Bespoke cidery will be moving to a new location inside the building, expanding to 2,000 square feet; and 860 Brewing/Forest City Brewing, which currently leases 1,000 square feet of space plus an additional 400 for storage, is expanding in the adjacent space.

The Forest City lease will generate a minimum of $137,030 over its term, and Spoke + Spy’s will net the city at least $63,709 over five years.

The R.M. Keating Historical Enterprise Park is located at 180 Johnson St. in Middetown's North End.

The R.M. Keating Historical Enterprise Park is located at 180 Johnson St. in Middetown’s North End.

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Tenant agreements are between five and 10 years, with the option to extend the contract for two five-year terms.

“It’s definitely exciting,” Mayor Ben Florsheim said. “It really is important for Middletown, because so much of our economic strength comes from two areas: Main Street and the immediately surrounding area, and the Industrial Park Road manufacturing corridor” (where FedEx and other companies are located).

Incubator spaces at the city-owned facility are offered to small business owners at a reduced rate to help them grow, Planning, Conservation and Development Director Joseph Samolis has said.

“This building is so unique, within the neighborhood, and the city, in terms of its structure and what it offers to the business community,” Florsheim said. “It’s a space to get started and potentially expand, as many of have — either on site (such as Forest City) or they outgrow the space and move into their own facility.”

Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim works in his office at City Hall.

Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim works in his office at City Hall.

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A couple of entities that formerly occupied the old factory have done the latter, the mayor said.

The build-out of these new spaces totals nearly $100,000, according to Samolis. At the same time, local leaders are working with the office of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3 , to find federal dollars to help in the cost of renovations, Florsheim said. If that happens, “it’s going to be even more of an anchor for the neighborhood and more of a destination for visitors.”

There are many more areas that can be developed for tenants, the mayor said. “It’s such an enormous building. There’s a lot of space that’s very raw. There could be a lot more in there than there is now, and that’s the hope. The seeds have been really well-planted there.”

The Keating site is occupied by several gyms, a lightning company, another brewery, kettle corn, lawn care and other entities.

“Those are all doing well, but there could be quite a lot more activity happening in and around that building if we get the funding to finish that work,” Florsheim said.

The public can visit Stubborn Beauty and Forest City to get cold brews and even sit outside. The mayor anticipates these sorts of places will lure visitors from the area and beyond. “The hope is it becomes a multipurpose, indoor/outdoor destination.”

There are other nearby attractions, such as the Phil Salafia Canoe & Kayak Launch just steps away, something the mayor calls “one of the hidden gems of Middletown. It takes you out on the one of the most beautiful spots on the Coginchaug River that gets a lot of love from the people who are there.”

The¬ Coginchaug River in Middletown

The¬ Coginchaug River in Middletown

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People who visit the breweries and cidery, for example, may see the river and return to Middletown to enjoy the outdoors. “Next time they’re out, they’re back with their canoe or kayak. That’s all the better,” Florsheim said.

Trail work will soon be conducted in the area, making it enjoyable for recreation enthusiasts of all types. “Paving that lot, getting some grass, and landscaping is definitely a goal for the future to make it more of a place where people can come and gather, and have a variety of activities available to them,” the mayor said.

The Common Council meeting will be streamed live on WebEx Monday at 7 p.m. For information, visit middletown.granicus.com.

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