The Follow-up File

Mixed-use building on State St.



Six-story mixed use building project at the site of City Blend Espresso on the corner of Magnolia and State streets.


What they said then:

The owners of the property at 1330 N. State St. were planning to begin construction this summer on a six-story, mixed-use building.

For years, the site has been home to the City Blend Espresso stand. Jami and Peter Harrison bought the property and the business nearly five years ago with plans to develop the site.

The building would include ground-floor retail space and parking, a second floor of parking and four upper floors for 22 residential condo units, as well as a common plaza area on the roof for condo owners. The project would also have 1,900 square feet of commercial space.

Douglas Landsem Architects designed the building to blend in with the rest of downtown, and Jami Harrison said the building will look like many of the new buildings in Fairhaven.


What they say now:

While the City Blend Espresso hut is gone, Peter Harrison said the start of construction has stalled because the city has still yet to issue permits for the project.

“I’ve given up all expectation,” Harrison said about a projected start date. “Once we get our permits, we start.”

Both Jami and Peter said plans for the building have not changed.

The City Blend building was not destroyed. Shelly Ness, owner of the I Wana Moka drive-through coffee stands, bought the building.

“I thought the building was cute and didn’t want to see it go away,” she said.

However, Ness said she has no immediate plans for the building, although it will eventually suit some purpose.

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