Purchase-and-sales agreement for former fire station approved

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Purchase-and-sales agreement for former fire station approved
The building at 13 Church St. served as the Northborough fire station until 1976. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

NORTHBOROUGH – A purchase-and-sales agreement for the former Northborough Fire Station at 13 Church St. was approved by the Select Board May 20.

In November, the board accepted a bid of $1 from Millie Milton to purchase the building. At the time, interim Town Administrator Mike Gallagher said this was Northborough’s second attempt to sell the property, and the town received one bid.

The property served as the fire station between 1926 to 1976. The site was abandoned after the fire department moved to its current home on Pierce Street, and it hasn’t been occupied since the mid-2000s when it was used for storage space. The request for proposal stated that it was vacated due to concerns over the structural integrity of the building and its exposure to the elements.

In her proposal, Milton said she would develop the site in combination with two adjoining lots that she owns “seeking to develop a larger parcel in downtown for developing a mixed-use building, or combination of buildings.”

Her proposal specifically called for developing a multi-use property that would invite “uncommon, creative and original businesses that will bring unique experiences to the community and downtown.”

“With the newly constructed bridge (2016) over Cold Harbor Brook, this lot is part of a gateway into our downtown and should be a welcome entrance to what will hopefully become a vibrant and engaging part of our town,” the proposal reads.

Town Meeting gave the Select Board the authority to dispose of the property in 2020.

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