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FRANK MERCEDE & SONS CELEBRATES HARBOUR SQUARE’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY

STAMFORD, CT/September 21, 2006 – Twenty years ago, Frank Mercede & Sons, Inc., a family-owned construction services and management company, developed Harbour Square, a corporate park in the most unlikely of neighborhoods – Stamford’s historically industrial South End. Today, Harbour Square holds court to numerous offices, restaurants, research and development space, and even a trading floor.

“Back then, few companies were willing to lease property south of the railroad tracks, because this part of town was filled with old factories and manufacturing facilities that were in poor condition. Today, Harbour Square is home to a large group of reputable businesses that we appreciate having as a part of our family,” said Frank J. Mercede, president of Frank Mercede & Sons (FMS).
Some of these tenants include RSM McGladrey, Williams Trading, Fitlinxx, United States Beverage, Links Magazine, and Eclisse Restaurant, as well as Frank Mercede & Sons.

To celebrate with and thank its loyal tenants, FMS recently chartered the 170-foot yacht, Lady Windridge, for a four-hour cruise from the marina to New York and back. Nearly 200 of Harbour Park’s tenants boarded the luxury vessel to enjoy an evening of gourmet dining and music.

  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    Frank Mercede, president of Frank Mercede & Sons, (left) and his father Nicholas Mercede (right), the company’s chairman, meet at the Harbour Square dedication plaque. The plaque is located at the site of the 700 Canal St. building’s original chimney.
  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    Hartsdale, N.Y. resident Vinnie Caramello (left) of Dockside Deli and Harbour Square Marina pals around with Stamford resident Mike Springer (right), Harbour Square’s facility manager.
  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    Darien resident Bob Altman, president of Televersemedia at Visual Efx, and Milford resident Mike Kuhar, president of Visual Efx, take in the scenery on the Lady Windridge cruise.
  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    Frank Mercede (left) and Darien Police Chief Duane Lovello (right), a Trumbull resident.
  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    Nicholas Mercede, chairman of Frank Mercede & Sons (left), and Teresa Jacobsen, senior vice president of Investments at UBS, take in the view from the bow of the ship.
  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    From left to right, Nicholas J. Mercede, chairman of Frank Mercede & Sons; and Bishop Basil Losten and Rev. Monsignor Leon Mosko of the Ukranian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford.
  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    Darien resident Eloy Nava of Nava Investment and Financial Services, LLC enjoys the cruise with his daughter Alyson Dunlap.
  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    Stamford resident Joey Sandola, owner of local restaurants such as Onyx and John the Baker, with Nicholas Mercede, chairman of Frank Mercede & Sons.
  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    Greenwich residents Par and Ani Shakiban, owners of Eclisse Restaurant.
  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    Stamford residents Andrew Whittingham of C.A.W.L. Development and Shirley Schulz of Frank Mercede & Sons share a laugh.
  • Harbour Square’s 20th Anniversary:
    The Lady Windridge arrives at Harbour Square Marina.
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Harbour Square – located at 700, 850, 860 and 880 Canal Street – was purchased in 1980 by FMS Chairman Nicholas Mercede and his father, company founder Frank Mercede, Sr. At the time, the eight acres of property was filled with manufacturing businesses and factories, including the 97-year-old Lincrusta Walton wall coverings factory. FMS spent the next six years rehabilitating six structures in accordance with the Stamford Historical Society’s guidelines, including constructing a new building, heliport and marina. FMS moved its headquarters into the 700 Canal St. building in 1984.

“My grandfather and father had an opportunity to purchase old industrial property on the waterfront and, despite its condition, believed it to be a valuable investment for the future,” said Mercede. “In the spirit of true pioneers, they stuck to their vision, and the corporate park has stood the test of time.”

In addition to Harbour Square, FMS also has developed and currently manages several buildings on High Ridge Road in Stamford as well as properties in Darien and Vermont.

Founded in 1927, Frank Mercede & Sons, Inc. is a family-owned, third-generation company that provides construction services throughout Fairfield County and beyond. Based in Stamford, the company’s history includes the construction and renovation of area hospitals, healthcare facilities, office buildings, schools, churches, industrial manufacturing plants, warehouses, parking garages, apartment buildings, research laboratories, highly specialized cleanrooms, and computer facilities
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