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Norwalk’s 25 Van Zant St. makes new push for educational tenants

25 Van Zant St.
Artist’s rendering of the renovated 25 Van Zant St. property.

25 Van Zant St. in Norwalk is making a new push to attract trade and business school tenants by rebranding itself as the Workforce Training Center.

The 5-story, 265,000-square-foot commercial property was built in 1923 as a hat manufacturing facility. It is currently 70 percent occupied by 30 different tenants. Real estate developer Winthrop E. Baum has announced a $12.5 million budget to upgrade the building’s high-tech infrastructure, with the goal of creating an internet-of-things smart building that can accommodate the high-tech needs of remedial training, vocational training and continuing education entities. The ongoing upgrade is projected to be completed by the fall.

“Our intent is to be an integral component in developing Connecticut’s viable, educated and dedicated workforce,” Baum said. “The nation relies on trained workforce-ready personnel who are driven to become part of our growing economy. This will be a huge advantage to trade schools and companies that domicile in our future-proof building.”

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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