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Developers Throw Open The Doors At The SONO Pearl In Norwalk

Holly Adams, pastor of United Congregational Church Norwalk, offered words of blessing for the SONO Pearl's future residents during the grand opening ceremonies Thursday. Photo Credit: Carolyn Mueller
Common Council Majority Leader John Kydes, State Rep. Gail Lavielle, Felix Serrano of the Redevelopment Agency, Sen. Bob Duff, Mayor Harry Rilling, Tom Rich, and Pastor Holly Adams, prepare to cut the ribbon on SONO Pearl. Photo Credit: Carolyn Mueller
City and state officials and Tom Rich and Pastor Holly Adams are all smiles as the ribbon is cut at the SONO Pearl, Thursday, Oct. 13. Photo Credit: Carolyn Mueller
Plenty of cabinet and counter space are available in the kitchen of one of the two-bedroom units in SONO Pearl. Photo Credit: Carolyn Mueller
The living room of a model unit in the SONO Pearl showcases plenty of space for a sectional couch and large windows to let in natural light. Photo Credit: Carolyn Mueller
Tom Rich discusses the apartments available in the SONO Pearl with people who took a tour of the building Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Photo Credit: Carolyn Mueller
Looking closely down the hallway of one floor in the SoNo Pearl, you can spot the lighted doorknobs of the apartment doors, a convenient feature for residents. Photo Credit: Carolyn Mueller

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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