Dorchester Reporter | By Bill Forry
November 22, 2016
A key commercial building at the southern entrance to Adams Village has been sold to a new owner for $3.2 million. The two-story corner structure at 512 Gallivan Blvd. remains the village’s most prominent— and problematic— property and its sale could eventually clear the way for further enhancements to a business district that is suddenly booming with new restaurants and, with them, new traffic.
The building houses several longtime businesses— including the China Sky and Windy City restaurants.
But its second floor is unoccupied and in poor condition, and the overall look of the building— cluttered with old signage, a dated façade, and two hulking billboards on its roof— is widely regarded as an eyesore.
Peter and John Lydon, a father and son team, purchased the property from Arthur Murphy on Nov. 1, both parties have confirmed. The sale comes after the Lydons bought a collection of commercial and residential condominiums from Murphy for $1.3 million in July 2015.
John Lydon initiated the deal after reading a 2014 Dorchester Reporter story in which Murphy expressed his desire to sell the properties. Lydon’s father, a native of Ireland who started his own Braintree-based plumbing business in the 1980s, also owns properties in South Boston with his son.
John, who is 32, said that the process of buying 512 Gallivan Blvd. has been frustrating. It was delayed several times by disputes with Murphy, whom the Lydons eventually sued to execute the sale.