The renovation of the 1900s-vintage building on Elm Street in downtown Hartford into a “small plate” restaurant are now underway — a year after the new owners first disclosed the plans.
City records show that the renovations to the three-story, brick building at 50 Elm resumed in October, after some initial interior demolition took place last summer and asbestos was discovered. Plans for the building also include two “live-work” apartments on the upper floors.
The city estimates the renovations to the 11,000-square-foot structure will cost at least $1.3 million. The city is contributing about $145,000 to rebuilding the facade.
A spokesman for the building owners, Architect John Emerson Washington, did not return calls and emails in recent weeks for questions on the plans or why the project was delayed.
The structure was purchased out of foreclosure in 2010 by Aneka Young for $131,000. Aneka and Judy Young own several McDonald’s franchises in Hartford and the surrounding area.
The building had fallen into disrepair in recent years, but the renovations could help tie it into the iQuilt plan, a vision for a continuous walkway from the state Capitol to the Connecticut River.
When it was built in the early 1900s, 50 Elm housed a business that specialized in car-painting and trimming as well as upholstery.