Saturday, March 19, 2011

1 Railroad Avenue Set to Be Demolished

The ramshackle Red Building at 1 Railroad Avenue across from the Bikeway Source is set to be torn down. According to the Bedford Assessors Office, the building was constructed around 1942. Ken Larson the current owner of the property, stated that the building was set to be torn down in December but got delayed by all the snow. The current plans are to remove the building and then clean up the lot.

 The inside of the building has been falling apart and looks ready to collapse.
This property is located in the new overlay district zoning that was created for the Bedford Depot Park area and thus could be used for retail purposes such as a store or restaurant. Ken mentioned he has been approached by a few developers but has not yet had any serious offers.

The rear of the building has already been torn down. Two cranes are on the property ready to remove the rest of the building.

The removal of the building will improve the aesthetics of the Bedford Depot Park area. A restaurant would be a valuable addition to the Depot Park area. It would both draw foot traffic from and provide foot traffic to the other retailers in the area such as the Bikeway Source and JRM Antiques. 

What do you think? Please take a look at the poll on the upper right and be sure to vote what type of retail establishment you would most like to see.