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March 30, 2012

Tracking down alternate DPW site on South Hunt Road

AMESBURY — The mayor will be meeting today with the owner of the South Hunt Road business identified as an alternate site for the town's public works garage.

Mayor Thatcher Kezer said he'll be in a better position to talk about the property, which he refuses to disclose as a courtesy to the owner, after the meeting.

"Until I sit and down and have face to face with the owner, it's officially undisclosed," Kezer said.

However, identifying the property isn't hard.

The mayor has said the owner's asking price is $1.2 million, and there's only one commercial property for sale for that amount in Amesbury: 39 South Hunt Road.

The property is now the home of Radar Technology Inc.

The property is listed by Minco Corp. Calls to agent Austin Spinella were not returned.

The city wants to move the public works garage out of its current location in the Lower Millyard in order to redevelop the site.

The mayor's current proposal for a new garage at 56 South Hunt Road requires a bonding authorization of $8 million. That price tag includes site work on the vacant land, building the garage and contingency money.

The mayor said new development from the redevelopment of the Lower Millyard will pay for the yearly payments on the $8 million bond.

The move to the alternate site would be less expensive to taxpayers. The two properties are less than a quarter-mile apart.

The mayor's staff is currently working on the numbers for the alternate site.

If talks go well with the owner and the city decides to move forward, it doesn't appear the mayor will be able to meet today's deadline for the April 10 City Council agenda.

A new bill could still make its way to the agenda with a late file.

The building is owned by James Noonan Realty Trust out of Merrimac, which bought the property in 2003 from, coincidentally, Bartley Machine and Manufacturing Co.

Rick Bartley is looking to redevelop his property in the Lower Millyard with a project worth $45 to $65 million.

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