How Gentilozzi’s vision for downtown scored him a $40 million state grant

Paul Gentilozzi, the guy who sold men’s clothing out of an old shop off South Washington Avenue in the 1960s, is putting his name behind a $215 million housing development project to jumpstart a struggling downtown.

A 25-foot high-rise and two other downtown structures are part of a plan to bring 450 new residential units into a central business district badly in need of life.

He’s doing it with the help of a special no-bid, $40 million grant from the state.

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