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Batavia hears proposals for historic Thomle building

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:18 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia aldermen Monday began reviewing proposals for the city-owned Thomle building.

The city is exploring whether to sell the building at 2 E. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia. Since 1997, the city has owned the historical, 1876-built building.

Michael Grudecki, president of Vignette Home Decor in Batavia, wants to turn part of the building into an upscale lounge, Tini Lounge, that will specialize in martinis. He estimated the Tini Lounge will generate $18,784 in sales tax revenues during its first year of operation.

He also has other plans to rent out the building’s lower level to another tenant.

The city in the past has rented the space to businesses at a reduced rate to encourage new businesses into downtown. The latest business, Simonetti Studios, last year moved from the Thomle building to a second-story loft space at 30 Shumway Ave.

Batavia Enterprises also has submitted a proposal for the redevelopment of the building for retail and residential space along with storage/flex space. The plan includes five one-bedroom apartments and one studio apartment.

The project would be developed by 246 East Wilson St., comprised of Batavia Enterprises, the owners of the property at 6 E. Wilson St., and other property owners.

The city has the redevelopment goals of reactivating the parcel with a viable commercial or mixed-use development that would also contribute to the commercial activity within the city’s downtown and preserve the historical architecture and urban design of the site.

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