The Noroton Heights Shopping Center project broke ground last Wednesday, marking the beginning of the remodeling project. Greg Palmer, whose family owns Palmer’s Market, and his family were present along with First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, and Selectmen Sarah Neumann, Christa McNamara, David Martin, and Kip Koons.

With excitement in the air and hard hats on, members of the Palmer family, the Board of Selectmen, and architects dug their shovels in the ground in front of Fabricare Cleaners to initiate the beginning of the project. The event ended with a bottle of champagne smashed on the now vacant shopping center’s wall.

The project will consist of remodeling the entirety of the Noroton Heights Shopping Center as well as the Noroton Heights Train Station.

Stevenson also spoke about some of the changes the town is contributing, “As a part of the town’s contribution, we are working on redeveloping the train station across the street. I think we all agree it needs it. We’re also partnering on some much needed drainage needs in Noroton Heights.”

Greg Palmer spoke about his thoughts on what’s to come, “I’m most excited to get the project started and watching the revitalization of the Noroton Heights unfold. Palmer’s has been serving Darien and the Heights for almost 100 years and we look forward to serving the community for future generations.”