Bank building to experience new life

The former bank building at the south corner of Main and Bank streets in New Milford is being remodeled.

Sherman entrepreneur Gary Goldring, who has revitalized numerous properties in New Milford's village center, purchased the circa 1903 bank in August.

His business manager, James Stewart, is now coordinating renovation of the inside of the edifice, even as its exterior gets a significant facelift.

The Zoning Commission recently approved Goldring's special permit application for mixed-use renovations.

Among its many uses over the past century-plus, the building was home for many decades to the former New Milford Savings Bank.

Plans include restoring the main banking floors as public spaces for possible retail, office, meeting or dining use.

Both the north and south sides of the first-floor portico will have kitchens with hood and fire suppression systems.

There is a mezzanine level overlooking the north side first floor.

The 6,000-square-foot second floor will be divided into seven offices, two conference rooms and a reception area.

Offices would range from 250- to 600-square-feet.

A small kitchenette with a sink and refrigerator is also planned.

An open house for potential tenants is tentatively planned next month, although the timeline for occupancy is still not definite.

­--Susan Tuz