What’s next for the Waterbury mall after being sold to developer


Less than 25 years after it first opened, Brass Mill Center now is on its third owner.

The Waterbury mall and the adjacent Brass Mill Commons retail center were sold for $44.9 million late last month to a Long Island, N.Y., company that claims to specialize in turning around distressed malls. Mike Kohan, a principal in Kohan Retail Investment Group, said Wednesday the company “has been in the mall business for the past 20 years and we’ve done a tremendous amount of repositioning.”

“I need some time to get my head around what will work at this location,” said Kohan, whose legal name is Mehran Kohansieh. “Hopefully we can add some things that will bring more traffic to the mall, which will bring in more tenants.”

The exterior of Waterbury's Brass Mill Center mall shown on Friday, November 22. The mall is imposing a temporary curfew for certain times during the holiday season. During those time, those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The exterior of Waterbury’s Brass Mill Center mall shown on Friday, November 22. The mall is imposing a temporary curfew for certain times during the holiday season. During those time, those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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In other locations that Kohan Retail Investment Group operates malls, he said increasing entertainment options has helped boost foot traffic.

“Things like bungee jumping machines or bowling alleys,” he said.

Brass Mill Center is 1.1 million square feet and is one the state’s largest malls. It opened in September 1997 after the historic Scovill Brass Works was torn down and an environmental cleanup was done.

Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary is scheduled to meet with Kohan on Tuesday, June 7, according to Jennifer Rose, a mayoral spokeswoman.



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