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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Developer sets sights on defunct Lifetouch Studios in Derby for manufacturing technology center


The Lifetouch National School Studios site in Derby.


By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent

DERBY >> A Shelton developer has set his sights on purchasing the defunct Lifetouch National School Studios property on Main Street in hopes of breathing new life into the long-vacant site.

Joe Salemme, the developer behind Hawks Ridge, a 109-unit luxury-housing complex across the Housatonic River in Shelton, appeared before the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday to informally discuss potential plans for the Lifetouch site. 

Salemme said he expects to close a deal on purchasing the 26,000-square-foot building that sits on approximately 1.5 acres, for an undisclosed price, within the next month or so. Salemme was invited by the commission for an “informal” discussion on what the future could hold for the site.

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