The former West Haven Daiko restaurant site could become a self-service storage center

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WEST HAVEN — The site of the now closed Daiko Japanese Restaurant & Jerry-San’s Sushi Bar may hold special memorabilia for fans of the popular restaurant, but a developer is aiming for the location to be a place that will hold much more than that .

The developers are proposing a self-storage facility at the former Daiko site on Derby Avenue and have sought approval from the city’s planning and zoning department.

Planning Director Chris Soto announced the development to city council this week and said the planned facility will be over 122,000 square feet.


“We’re going to reconfigure some of the entrances to this site so there aren’t as many ways to get into the site, to also alleviate traffic issues there,” Soto said.

Daiko operated there for 23 years before being forced out last month when the Westchester County, New York, owner decided to sell the property. Owner Vinod Shah told the Register in May that he was close to reaching a deal, but declined to comment further.

According to records filed with the City Clerk, the property was sold to an LLC for $2.44 million in late May.

Progress of other developments

Soto said representatives from other developments are ready or preparing to meet for their next round of approvals with the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission or Zoning Appeals Board.

He said he hopes the New England Brewing Co., which is set to occupy the Savin Rock Conference Center site on Rock Street, will meet with the PZC before the end of July, although design work for the brewery has been delayed.

Soto said he expects his office to complete a rezone request within two weeks for the Blake Building site, which is being developed as medical office space for Shoreline Wellness. Behavioral Health Center and Clinic. A 7-Eleven on Sawmill Road is “close to opening and going live,” he said, as several changes will get a vote scheduled for July 12.

Company attorney Lee Tiernan said the “tough love” for the developers of the long-delayed The Haven project – an upscale waterfront shopping mall project that has since stalled almost a decade – seems to have paid off.

Following Mayor Nancy Rossi’s announcement that she intended to fine developers for scourge, which would cost developers around $3,000 a day, Tiernan said the developer took the initiative. to contact the mayor to discuss future plans. Tiernan told council members at a meeting last month that Indianapolis-based developer Simon Property Group had not returned calls from the city in months.

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