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The Day – Boutique lodge, cafe authorised for downtown New London

New London — David Preka, who has successfully accomplished restoration of many downtown structures, has turned his interest to the again aspect of Bank Avenue.

Preka, president of Mystic-centered State-of-the-art Enhancements, attained a unanimous acceptance from the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday for a special permit for a modify of use to allow for progress to fit his programs for 3-5 S. H2o St.

His strategy is to flip the lengthy-vacant creating into a nine-place boutique hotel spanning three flooring with a cafe at street amount and rooftop deck with liquor company and leisure. The building’s higher floors have unobstructed views over the railroad tracks to City Pier and is located at the rear of the Oasis Pub at 16 Lender St.

“The allowance of the liquor license will improve financial state for the business and allow for for patrons to delight in New London sights, superior foods, and exercise social distancing,” Preka wrote in his software.

Barbara Neff, whose company Neff Productions is positioned subsequent door at 2 Point out St., explained she’s been close to the downtown for 25 years and simply cannot remember a tenant. She explained she welcomes a new neighbor. 

”Dave’s performed a fantastic position with Muddy Waters,” she stated.

Preka, in 2018, finished a significant renovation of the former Robert’s Audio creating at 90-94 Financial institution St. It is now the house of Berry’s Ice Cream and Sweet Bar and New London Ink. He was the contractor for the deck growth at Very hot Rod Cafe at 114 Financial institution St.

He also restored the upper flooring of 42 Bank St., household of Muddy Waters Cafe, to accommodate workplaces rented by Danish wind enterprise Ørsted. In 2020, he bought the two the constructing and small business and is now functioning the well-known downtown eatery.

Community information clearly show Dorjan Preka ordered the South Drinking water Avenue developing for $100,000 from Hoe Hua Oversea LLC in November. The relationship with David Preka was not quickly clear. Hoe Hua Oversea beforehand had owned the now-shut Singapore Grill at 938 Bank St. and has owned the South Water Road developing because 2003.

The creating has missing and boarded-up home windows and a glance through the windows of the avenue-level space demonstrates signs of function, together with ceilings stripped back to the wooden studs. Preka’s planned variations to the setting up facade needed and have obtained a favorable assessment from the Historic District Fee and Design and style Assessment Board. He programs to repoint the masonry brickwork and exchange the windows.

Preka was not immediately obtainable to remark on his timeline for restoration of the making.

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