Wednesday, June 11, 2008
A longtime presence in the downtown business district is gone.
The Pittis family developed many of the storefronts downtown. Paramount Property Management acquired the Pittis Estate a year or so ago and Albert Pittis continued to manage property until his retirement this year.
Paramount, now known as Paramount Assets, has renovated many of the stores but quite a few are still vacant. Rent increases have driven out a number of business owners or caused them to relocate. The promise of more high-end merchandise and clothing downtown remains unfulfilled.
Meanwhile, store owners fondly recall Albert Pittis as a fair, honest and good-hearted member of the Plainfield business community.