Planning Board approves McGovern collision and fit-up center in Shrewsbury

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Planning Board approves McGovern collision and fit-up center in Shrewsbury
An excavator stands in front of 420 Boston Turnpike, which may be the future home of a McGovern Auto Group collision and fit-up center and Floor & Decor store. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

SHREWSBURY – A collision and fit-up center and Floor & Decor is officially coming to Shrewsbury.

During the Planning Board meeting on Jan. 5, the board approved the site plans for the construction of a McGovern Auto Group collision and fit-up center and Floor & Decor at 420 Boston Turnpike. 

“This project is a tremendous transformation of this site. Prior to McGovern Auto Group buying it, the property was mostly structurally unsound, basically falling apart, and it was hundreds of thousands of dollars delinquent in taxes,” Town Manager Kevin Mizikar said. 

The center will fit lights and amenities onto vehicles such as police cars and fire trucks. The collision center would also service McGovern’s local dealerships, including the Autobahn USA and McGovern Buick GMC dealerships in Westborough and the Audi and BMW dealerships in Shrewsbury.

The site previously served as a manufacturing facility for many years and was used to host flea markets.

During a previous Select Board meeting, McGovern attorney Richard Ricker said one of the buildings on the site was condemned and three fire chiefs have told him the site housed “the most dangerous buildings they knew of.”

Planning Board Chair Steven Boulay called the existing buildings on the site “unsightly” and the new development will “dramatically” improve Route 9. 

In September 2021, McGovern purchased the 15.4-acre property. Then in February, McGovern presented their plans for the site to the Select Board. 

Over the summer, the developers said the collision and fit-up center would also include a retail center. In September, the developers presented the revised plans to the Planning Board, including a 65,300-square-foot Floor & Decor. 

Over the past several months, drivers on Route 9 have seen drastic changes to the site as crews demolished the buildings. 

Planning Board approves McGovern collision and fit-up center in Shrewsbury
Crews were demolishing 420 Boston Turnpike Oct. 24. (Photo/Tami White)

According to Mizikar, this new development will generate nearly 100 jobs. 

“The town is grateful for the continued opportunity to work with the project owner, Matt McGovern, for the multimillion dollar investment as well as the jobs that are being created,” he said.

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