A former hardware and electronics store on West Avenue is getting a facelift this summer, and a nearby building may be in line for beautification next year.
Bonacio Construction has been using 60 West Ave., the former G. Heath King building that it bought last year, to store supplies for its Park Place construction on Broadway. But by the end of next month, the Saratoga Springs company plans to cover the aluminum and brick facade on the old building with a more modern cement fiberboard and stone front with new roof overhangs.
Two retail tenants have committed to opening stores in the building, and Bonacio is looking for two more. The company divided the building back into its original parts, said Keith Ferrara, chief operations officer.
“The building itself was built in five separate stages, so what we’ve done is kind of gone back to the way it was originally built,” Ferrara said.
Wolberg Electrical Supply, which operates stores in Albany and Schenectady, will open a Saratoga Springs location, and Core Control Systems will open its first showroom for audio-visual and computer networking equipment, Ferrara said.
Both plan to relocate next month, Ferrara said.
Wolberg’s 6,000-square-foot lighting store will be split up into smaller rooms set up like a home. The company also will lease 5,000 square feet of the building’s warehouse for storage.
Core Control Systems’ showroom will take up 2,400 square feet.
Ferrara hopes to rent the other two retail spaces to companies in related industries so the whole building could be a home center.
The rest of the warehouse space is connected to the north suite, which is still up for lease.
Four separate entrances will allow customers to go directly into each store. Three of those doors already exist, and the fourth on the north suite will be added as part of the renovation.
“It’s going to tremendously improve the look of that building,” Ferrara said of the facelift. “We’re hoping it’ll kind of be contagious on West Avenue.”
Matt Jones is thinking about upgrading his building next door at 68 West Ave., Jones Ferradino Attorneys at Law.
“Right now, I have the pride of having the ugliest building on West Avenue,” Jones joked.
He has consulted an architect and hopes to do some work next spring after completing the city approval process.
“The building was built as a hardware store, and our cosmetic attempts to change it have been unsuccessful,” Jones said. “You look up and down West Avenue and there are these new structures that are nicely designed.”
The city Design Review Commission is expected to consider Bonacio Construction’s facade improvement at its meeting next Wednesday.
At that same meeting, it will see an informal sketch plan for a mixed-use building on Washington Avenue.
The 58 Washington St. building is currently divided into professional suites, and applicant 58 Washington St. LLC wants to get the commission’s feedback on making it a six-story, 80,000-square-foot building.
The owner is not seeking to tear down the current structure at this time, the application states.
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