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Renovations on former factory in Southington nearly finished

Renovations on former factory in Southington nearly finished

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SOUTHINGTON — Crews are working to finish renovations on a shuttered tool factory on Water Street that will return to use after a Manhattan lighting company starts production.

Southington town officials offered Juniper Design, a maker of upscale lighting, a tax break to move its manufacturing to the building.

The company declined to comment for this story.

The brick building has been painted entirely black. Plumbing, heating and other crews were working throughout the factory on Tuesday.

Shant Andjariam, president of Juniper Design Group, last year estimated that renovations would cost about $1 million. The federal shutdown earlier this year delayed a loan and the company’s renovation efforts.

Renovating an old building can be expensive, but the company's location is a critical part of Juniper's brand and marketing, according to Andjariam. He said the building had charm and that some original features, such as exposed beams and tongue-and-groove ceilings, would remain.

Juniper has a showroom in New York City for its commercial and residential lighting products. The company makes the THIN modular lighting system, half-inch tube LED lights that connect to make custom configurations.

Products like an adjustable LED desk lamp start at $475.

Juniper's interest in the 20,000-square-foot building prompted the creation of a tax abatement that applies to two buildings on Water Street and two other mill-style buildings in town. Economic Development Coordinator Lou Perillo said the program waives taxes on building improvements for five years. He said tax breaks help encourage businesses to renovate old, signature buildings.

Juniper was founded in 2011. Last month, the company moved its showroom from Brooklyn to Soho’s design district.
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