“I’m just basically preparing this for future development,” says Ablah, a broker with his family’s Classic Real Estate.
“I’m just trying to clean up the area,” he says. “The project’s taken a lot longer than I thought it ever would.”
Ablah is close to a deal with a restaurant that would go in the former Dillons store on the southeast corner of the intersection.
There’s talk that it could be a certain Mexican restaurant looking to expand.
“I can’t do the guessing game, but I can tell you it is a sit-down restaurant,” Ablah says.
Part of his demolition of nearby duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes is to make room for parking for the restaurant.
“All the demolition will be complete in a couple of weeks,” Ablah says.
He says any new development will complement what Nathan Toubia is doing with his Bocconcini Italian Eatery next to the former Dillons.
Ablah hopes to close on the restaurant deal in a couple of weeks, but he’s working on other leases as well.
“There’s a lot of demand right now for office — large office space — as well as retail,” Ablah says.