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Eating Out - October 8, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

MIDTOWN GOES MODERN ... Midtown is on the cusp of getting what some might consider an architectural gem, and it's going into the unlikely location of the former Arco Gas Station at 3995 Middlefield Road. "It's a fresh new look for Midtown. Lots of glass, rooftop terraces and a glass-enclosed atrium," said Ken Hayes, whose company, Hayes Group Architects, is the creative force behind the modern building. The structure is surrounded on three sides by the Winter Lodge property. "It's like a little island," Hayes said. The construction, which began three weeks ago, is expected be completed next March. The 7,000-square-foot, two-story building is zoned for first-floor retail, which means possibilities for a new tenant include a restaurant, a retail store or a service-oriented business, such as a bank. The second floor is zoned for commercial space. Plans for the building call for a public space in the front, featuring benches, tables and umbrellas.

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