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Ask NOW: What is the story behind vacant Colony Camera building in Wauwatosa?

The city has fielded several calls from people interested in the former Colony Camera building, which has been vacant for an extended period.

The city has fielded several calls from people interested in the former Colony Camera building, which has been vacant for an extended period.

Nov. 20, 2013

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What is going to happen to the property that had been occupied by Colony Camera?

Issue: A reader pointed out that the camera store at 8807 W. North Ave. has been closed for several years. She said it was "sad," because it was a helpful store. "How are the owners able to continue to hold on to the building and land without any business?" she wondered. "Are they ever going to consider selling?"

Status: The answer to the first question remains a mystery since the owner, recorded with the city as Christine Whitstone, did not answer her business phone. A outgoing voicemail message asks for a name and message from those interested in the business or its contents and ends with, "We'll try to get back to you."

The camera shop and adjoining property at 2289 Lundquist Ave., which has been a physician office and residence, is listed in the Colony Camera window as for sale for $899,000 "as is."

Wauwatosa Director of Development Paulette Enders said about six to 10 inquiries regarding the property have come to her department over the past two years. The city works to connect potential buyers with business property owners. The city also offers special financing.

"Typically, you never like to see a vacant business along a business district," Enders said. "It creates a gap in the retail trade."

Colony Camera's telephone number is (414) 258-9770.

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