Selectmen approve bid for old DAV building at 1207 Mass. Ave.

Wicked Local Arlington | Bram Berkowitz
March 14, 2017

Arlington Heights could soon be trading in a vacant Disabled American Veterans building and an automotive shop for a brand-new mixed-use development, or maybe even a hotel.

The Board of Selectmen on Monday, March 13 voted to accept the one bid they received for the town-owned property at 1207 Massachusetts Ave., subject to the successful negotiation of a purchase and sale agreement.

The bid for 1207 Massachusetts Ave., the former DAV building, came from James F. Doherty, who owns the property next door at 1211 Massachusetts Ave. That property is the current site of Precision Tire and Alignment.

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Doherty submitted a bid for $750,000, the minimum sale price set by the town in their request for proposal. In return for accepting a 40-year deed restriction to turn the property into a mixed-use development, the town will waive special permit and building permit fees.

Doherty in his application stated the plan is to demolish both existing structures at 1207 and 1211 Massachusetts Ave. and erect a mixed-use development that would contain commercial space on the street-level floor, and either residential or hotel use on the upper floors.

“The location of this proposed development at the ‘Foot of The Rocks,’ one of the storied battles of the Revolution on April 19, 1775, provides a great opportunity to create activity around some historical and natural gems in this current ‘dead zone’ between Brattle Square and Arlington Heights,” Doherty wrote in his application. “If the hotel concept materializes, we believe that the potential for out-of-town guests could rapidly expand the dining/nightlife in a way similar to Arlington Center and East Arlington.”

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