NORWALK, Conn. — The SONO Pearl, a new luxury apartment building in the heart of South Norwalk, was hailed at Thursday's ribbon-cutting as the newest jewel in the city's crown.
Tom Rich, of F.D. Rich & Co., the builder of SONO Pearl, welcomed the crowd at 101 Washington St. and introduced Holly Adams, pastor of United Congregational Church Norwalk, who offered a blessing for the new homes.
"It was 835 days ago, we stood here with nothing more than a pile of dirt," she said. "Now this structure has emerged, this beautiful Pearl. May the Pearl be a gracious, welcoming home to those that live here."
Next, Rich introduced Felix Serrano from the Redevelopment Agency of Norwalk. Serrano congratulated Rich on the vision and commitment he brought to this project. "It's a great place to live, work and play," he said.
State Sen. Bob Duff spoke next about the growth of South Norwalk with SONO Pearl.
"It's super-exciting for Tom to invest in the city," Duff said. "This had been a parking lot. Now it's part of the successful urban core that's growing and vital, and will continue to grow. We love it here."
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling also noted Rich's commitment to the area as evidenced by the apartment building where they stood. "You put your heart and soul into it. You do it, and stay with it, and make sure it's done right," Rilling said.
Rilling also noted that within the next 90 days, Rich would start work on building an extended-stay hotel next to the Norwalk police headquarters.
"Norwalk is the talk of the area," Rilling said. "People are taking notice of Norwalk. The Pearl is aptly named. It is another jewel in the crown of our great city."
After the mayor's remarks, the ribbon was cut in front of the building and tours were offered of the apartments.
SONO Pearl’s 66 one- and two-bedroom apartments offer modern kitchens, stainless steel appliances and in-unit washers and dryers. It has 10 unique floor plans from which to choose, with the aim of having the right home for singles, couples and families.There is also a parking garage under the building.
Rents start at $1,910 per month for one bedrooms and $2,995 for two bedrooms. For more information, click here .
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