June 15, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge
Vernon Boulevard’s dilapidated Paragon Paint Factory building may soon be part of a huge new residential development.
Construction plans were filed Saturday for a 28-story, 296-unit building at the site; partial demolition plans for the paint factory were filed a day earlier.
According to developer Brent Carrier, the rear portion of the factory will be torn down. The remaining structure will be attached to the new tower and will hold both first-floor retail and residential space.
“We want to preserve the façade of the paint factory and combine it into the new building,” Carrier said.
Carrier declined to discuss specific design plans for the paint factory, but acknowledged that its green exterior will change.
“[It] will look like an updated version of what it is today,” he added.
According to Carrier, the project is being developed as a joint venture with Simon Baron Development.
The development project is also planned to include another residential tower and a park in the lots adjacent to the paint factory.
Carrier filed plans for a 14-story, 48-unit residence at 45-24 Vernon Blvd. in late May.
A warehouse at 45-28 Vernon Blvd. is also slated to be demolished and replaced by a park connecting Vernon Boulevard to the waterfront, Carrier said, adding that it will be built privately but open to the public.
Developers bought that property last December, according to City documents. No construction plans for this site have yet been filed.
Carrier said he hopes to begin construction on the new tower next year and have it occupied by 2018.
Simon Baron Development could not be reached for comment on this story.