Registry of Motor Vehicles eyeing Route 1 site

Liberty Tree Mall location closed last June

The Salem News | By Paul Leighton
March 7, 2017

DANVERS — State officials have set their sights on a shopping plaza on Route 1 south in Danvers as the new location for the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Deveney said Tuesday the agency is negotiating to move into the location, a former restaurant in the Danvers Crossing plaza at 8-10 Newbury St. The plaza is located behind a Chili’s restaurant and just south of Route 114.

“It’s a good location,” Peabody state Rep. Tom Walsh said. “I think the residents of Peabody and the North Shore will be well-served.”

Deveney’s comments came during testimony at the Statehouse on proposed legislation that includes funding for the registry’s technology system. A spokeswoman for the RMV confirmed that 8-10 Newbury St. is the “apparent successful bidder.”

Walsh said state officials are finalizing negotiations, and he did not know when the new site would be ready to open.

North Shore residents have been without a local RMV office since the state closed the one at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers last June. The Danvers Crossing location was one of six sites under consideration.

Of those six, Danvers Crossing submitted the lowest bid in terms of the proposed rent. The state would pay an estimated $142,125 in the first year of the lease, according to the proposal.

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