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Route 3 plaza has 1st tenant

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A small Route 3 strip plaza that was built about five years ago finally has a tenant.

A nail spa shop will be the first tenant to move into the 13,500-square-foot plaza in front of the Walmart Supercenter. Tracy Nguyen, who runs Pro Spa Nails in Salmon Run Mall, will lease the storefront from Alexandria Bay developer Philip J. Simao.

Last spring, Mr. Simao revamped marketing efforts for the plaza by bringing in Robert C. Nelson, Alexandria Bay, a senior broker with CBRE, Syracuse, to attract tenants. Mr. Simao referred all questions about any other prospective tenants for the plaza to Mr. Nelson, who said he continues to market the property but would not comment on the status of those efforts.

“It remains the only prime real estate left along Arsenal Street,” Mr. Nelson said. That section of Route 3 in the town of Watertown that has gone through a commercial boom in recent years.

To get ready for the tenant, the plaza’s parking lot recently was completed and exterior lighting will be installed soon.

It was unclear Wednesday whether the mall spa will remain open. With just a handful of customers Wednesday, Ms. Nguyen said she was too busy to talk and would provide details at a later time.

About three weeks ago, work began to get the storefront ready, with general contractor Shawn Schroy Construction doing the work. He said the spa will offer manicures, pedicures and other services. It will employ six to eight workers.

Under the corporate name Toped Development LLC, of which Mr. Simao is managing member, the five vacant storefronts and acre parcel is assessed at $867,500. Mr. Schroy’s previous company, Pioneer Building Systems, constructed the plaza in 2007.

That year, Mr. Simao sued the state, claiming he lost revenue from the plaza after the Department of Transportation took some of his land under eminent domain when it widened Route 3.

Before the state widened the road, the developer had planned to construct a larger plaza on the site.

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