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Work begins at Borgers

Scott Seitz2 • Jul 28, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Mayor Rob Duncan shared a good deal of positive economic development news Thursday.

The Borgers USA Corp. project, scheduled for the Firelands Industrial Park, has a groundbreaking ceremony set for early August.

"There is a lot already happening out there on the land," the mayor said. "I just went out and looked at it last night. It's looking great."

Borgers will begin construction on a new facility in August. Once the factory is open, it is expected to ultimately employ 230 people.

The Dan-Mar Company also recently completed the purchase of the former EPIC Technologies facility.

Dan-Mar and Borgers were recipients earlier this year of the newly-created job creation grant agreement.

This new grant agreement is one of the tools the city can use to attract business.

Duncan then noted the activity at the former Commercial Vehicle Group property, located on North Garfield Street.

The mayor said it's too early to say exactly how that facility will be developed.

"It's being re-purposed and that is exciting news for the community," he said. "There is activity there, they are cleaning up the building and preparing it for further use."

Three restaurants should be opening soon.

Bar145° is set to open its doors on Milan Avenue in August.

"They are getting close," the mayor said. "They have not yet set an opening date."

Duncan said he was recently meeting with folks from Cleveland about the possibility of bringing another restaurant to town.

Los Buenos Amigos, which is located in the Discount Drug Mart complex, should be open soon.

"I know they hoped to be open by Cinco de Mayo (May 5), but they had some issues they ran into," the mayor said.

Duncan said the recent attempted break-in at Drug Mart through Los Buenos Amigos caused a delay. The mayor said renovating the restaurant up to code might have taken a bit longer then anticipated.

The former Uptown Cafe on East Main Street also should be open soon.

"We have a number of people we are working with to bring businesses to Norwalk," Duncan said.

Duncan said he's looking forward to attending Imagine Norwalk in the uptown area tonight.

"It's exciting to see not only the event taking place, but also the enthusiasm in the community about the event," he said.

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