It's the end of an era, as demolition of the former NewsTimes building has begun.

If you're going to be on the lookout for an affordable one or two-bedroom apartment a couple of years from now, Brookview Commons II at 333 Main St. in Danbury should be open for business. Danbury's new apartment complex will be built on the site where the NewsTimes had been doing business for the last 48 years, according to an article from

NewsTime's Building - March 4th, 2020
333 Main St., the site of the former NewsTimes building - Ethan Carey Photo

A large excavator has been razing the brick and cinderblocks near the roof at the rear of the building to eventually make way for a 150-unit apartment building complete with a second-story outdoor pool overlooking Main Street.

The new six-story apartment complex is all about revitalizing downtown Danbury. The 345 luxury units at 1 Kennedy Flats, which opened in 2016 paved the way for Danbury's revitalization grand plan and is across the street from the new Brookfield Commons II.

Kennedy Flats - Danbury - March 4 2020
Ethan Carey Photo

One-bedroom apartments are projected to be around $1,400 a month and two-bedroom units will go for approximately $2,600 a month. Once demolition has been completed, construction should take around 18 months, according to the developer Dan Bertram.

The NewsTimes moved into this building in 1970 and in its prime, housed hundreds of staff members in its editorial, layout, and advertising departments. With its two-story Goss press, the NewsTimes, in its heyday, cranked out 40,000 papers per day and 45,000 on Sundays.

WRKI and WINE logo
Enter your number to get our free mobile app

More From WRKI and WINE