The Salem News | By Paul Leighton
October 25, 2016
The state has received five new proposals for a Registry of Motor Vehicles location, increasing the chances of the North Shore finally landing a new branch.
Property owners in Peabody, Danvers, Beverly and Wakefield submitted a total of six bids to the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance by last Friday’s deadline, three times as many as it received after the state’s first request in July. One of the bids is a re-submission of a proposal that had been rejected the first time around.
State officials are reviewing the proposals, and there is no guarantee that one of them will be accepted. But the state now has more — and less expensive — choices than it did when it rejected the only two bids it received from the first request for proposals.
“Given the number of proposals, it seems to me that there’s maybe something the registry can work with here,” Peabody state Rep. Tom Walsh said.
The state has been looking to lease a new location since closing the RMV office at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers in June. The locations now under consideration include shopping plazas in Peabody and Danvers, a former church school in Peabody, a manufacturing plant in Beverly, and an office building in Wakefield.
Two of the proposals came from property owners at two different shopping plazas on Route 1 in Danvers. One is in an empty storefront in the Danvers Plaza at 301 Newbury St. (Route 1 North), which is anchored by Home Goods, Stop & Shop, and Staples. Another is in the former Japanese Steakhouse restaurant in the Danvers Crossing plaza at 8-10 Newbury St. (Route 1 South). That plaza includes Ann & Hope Curtain & Bath Outlet, Planet Fitness and Chili’s.