Medical offices proposed for Blinn’s former site
Published 6:21 am, Friday, September 4, 2015
Once a home to childhood dreams, the downtown property of a former toy store on Unquowa Place could one day be the site of a medical office building.
Blinn’s Toy Store closed its doors on April 25. Established in Bridgeport, the store moved to Fairfield in 1960.
The property at 50 Unquowa Place sold for $2.2 million in July, along with a two-family house on an adjacent lot, which was purchased for $800,000. The properties are owned by Unquowa Place Partners 50 LLC, and Unquowa Place Partners 60 LLC.
Listed in state records as managers for both LLCS are James Haas and Compound Capital Management LLC.
According to lawyer William Fitzpatrick, the applicants are asking the Town Plan and Zoning Commission to approve a special permit to remove the two-family house and garage and renovate the former toy store into a two-story medical office building.
The two parcels encompass a combined total of 25,870 square feet and are located in the center designed business district.
The proposed medical office building would be brick clad, with 10,000 square feet of space. Under zoning regulations, 50 parking spaces are required for medical use of that size, and 51 would be provided, according to the application.
A public hearing on the application has been scheduled by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission next Tuesday. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at McKinley School.
Blinn’s had been known throughout the region for its inventory of classic toys, like model trains, as well as model cars, planes, rockets and ships, plus Legos, kites, dolls, teddy bears, games, and arts and crafts.
It also was noted for its collection of flags, ranging from the U.S. Stars and Stripes to historic and international flags.
The store had been a retailing fixture in downtown’s business district for 55 years.
The business moved to Fairfield from Bridgeport in 1960, after the owners purchased Carousel Toys on the Post Road, where Centro restaurant is now located next to Sherman Green. The current location on Unquowa Place was originally purchased to use as a warehouse, but later incorporated the retail store, as well.