|Do you know what this building once was?|
He asked if I knew anything about the building, and since I didn't, I am asking you. If you know the history of the round building, drop me a note, and I'll share it here.
Now, the rest of the story.
|Future Gateway To Sturbridge?|
I drove to the round building this morning so I could take a few photos to post here. As I was driving across the bridge over I-84, and approaching the former Hebert Candy Property I had an epiphany. What if the town, or the Chamber of Commerce, purchased the buildings and land and turned it into a Gateway to our area?
The property has been empty for several years now, although it was supposedly sold to a laboratory from Southbridge last winter the For Sale sign is still up. It looks as though a gallery has set up shop in the far end of the main building.
The property has everything one could ask for. The main field stone building could not only be the Chambers headquarters, but could also be a great information center, a gift store selling local items, and possibly a small restaurant as well.
|This building could very easily become the headquarters|
for Trek Sturbridge offering maps, canoe, and
The rustic building at the other end of the parking lot could be the headquarters for Trek Sturbridge, and offer trail maps, outdoor books, supplies, canoe, and bike rentals rentals.
The round building in the center of the the three buildings could be a small museum with displays telling the visitor about our areas history.
- There is more than ample parking.
- The property is directly off the exit from I-84.
- The trail system will eventually come directly behind the buildings.
- The Quinebaug River is a short distance away for canoeing.
- Old Sturbridge Village is practically across the street as is hundreds of acres of land for hiking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and biking.
- The site is more accessible to a larger number of travelers than the current building on Route 20 which could continued to be used as it is.
- Location, location, location.
- Oh, and what route does the property border? Route 15. Another bonus.
October 3, 2012 9:40 PM ADDENDUM
Sturbridge, MA 01566
1 River Rd
Type of Comm.: Commercial
Space Available: For Sale
Driving Doors: 1
Total Units: 4
Parking Spaces: 50
Master Bath: Unknown
Lot Size: 87,991
Total Sq. Ft.: 12,984
Year Built: 1961~
Approx. GLA: 12,984
Sub Dividable: N
Description: Prime 2+ acre Site at River Road and Rte 15 across from I-84 Exit 2. THE Corner location on the Rte 15 Corridor! Formerly Hebert Candies. This timeless stone and frame construction has great character with flexible space on 3 levels for many Commercial uses. The large up-dated septic has expansion potential. Town Water. Plus 620 sf frame office/retail and a 1230 sf round building ready for rehab or more parking. Sale subject to permits. List # 71075282 @ 2.36 A. Commercial land at 6 River Road.
Sq. Ft. Units
Residential: 3,652 1
Office: 620 1
Retail: 4,356 1
Warehouse: 4,356 1
Manufacturing: 0 0
Total: 12,984 4
Space Dividable: Yes
Handicap Access: No
Lot Size: 87,991
Parking Features: 21+ Spaces, Paved Driveway, On Site
Parking Spaces: 50
Construction: Stone/Concrete, Frame
Railroad Siding: No
Roof Material: Asphalt/Composition Shingles
Site Condition: Dry, Level, Open, Improved
Traffic Count: 0 Underground Tank: No
Location: Suburban, Free Standing, Interstate, Highway Access, Corner Lot
Utilities: Public Water, Private Sewer, Bottled Gas, 220 Volts
21E On File: Yes
Assessed Building Value: $361,100
Assessed Land Value: $141,600
Mill Rate: $17.63
Tax Year: 2012
Plat Plan: Yes
Special Financing: No
Total Assesed Value: $502,700
one Description: Legal Non-Conforming
Lender Owned: No
Short Sale Lender Approval: No
Condo Assoc.: No
Lien and Encumbent: No
Disclosure: The zoning is Special Use Commercial, check the Town's By-laws and Zoning Map at < town.sturbridge.m