By Jon Bishop, email@example.com
Ayer will be getting a new grocery store, according to David Maher, director of community and economic development.
In a press release, he wrote that Paul diGeronimo, owner of the now-vacant 22 Fitchburg Road property, has secured a new tenant. The previous one, Hanford, left at the end of January.
The tenant, Mike Szelest, runs Central Supermarket in Winchendon. The Ayer store will be under a different name, Maher said.
“It’s something that the town really wants,” Maher told The Public Spirit. “They’re going to be making it better.”
The store might not be as big as Market Basket, he said, but it will be family-owned.
Maher also said that its supplier will be Hanford.
According to the press release, the store will likely open in mid July.
By Jon Bishop
AYER — On Tuesday, at the first meeting of the new year, the Ayer Board of Selectmen had the chance to reflect on 2014 and focus on 2015.
The board heard an overview of the past year from David Maher, director of community and economic development. Taco Bell and Subway have both opened, he said, and, in the spring, Wendy’s will be redone. He also noted that the Spaulding Building will have two new businesses: UNION Coffee Roaster and Heads Up, a hair and nail salon.
Maher said he met Monday with a potential tenant for the Hannaford site, which he couldn’t yet reveal. But he did said that it’s a local grocery store chain from Western Massachusetts.
“I was very excited about that meeting,” he said.
Maher said he’s putting together a map legend that would contain information about town services and local restaurants.
“The design has been done,” he said. “We’ve basically got that whole infrastructure ready to go.”
He’s also working with the Historical Society to create a walking tour through Ayer.
The board appreciated the update.
“Good work, David,” said Chairman Chris Hillman.
“I love these reports you give,” said Vice Chairman Jannice Livingston, later adding that it was a “nice way to start off the new year.”
Alicia Hersey, the grant writer for the Office of Community and Economic Development, said that they’ve got the “regulatory agreement ready to go” for the Habitat for Humanity Local Initiative Program site at 76 Central Avenue.
Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts is also still searching for families, she said. Anyone interested can either contact her or Habitat.
Town Administrator Robert Pontbriand said that the Depot Square land transaction still remains between Phil Berry, the landowner, and the MBTA. The transaction would allow the development of a pedestrian walkway and a vehicular turnaround at the Ayer commuter rail stop.
“We will continue to make that a priority,” Pontbriand said.
He said that the fiscal ’16 budget process is underway, and he also said that the senior tax work-off program will commence. Those interested can acquire forms either online or at the town hall.
“We’re ready to go,” he said.
After giving his update on the Joint Boards of Selectmen, which decided recently to hold more public hearings on the proposed Chapter 498 zoning amendments, Selectman Gary Luca said he would like to know whether the New England Recovery Center, a proposed hospital for psychiatric and substance-abuse patients, would affect the Nashoba Valley Medical Center.
“I’m all for competition, but I’m not all for them taking the hospital,” he said.
But Carly Antonellis, the Assistant to the Town Administrator, said that, when she worked in the senate, she saw that there was a high demand for services.
The Board of Selectmen entered executive session to discuss litigation strategy for Bolduc Enterprises v. Town of Ayer, which involves an alleged breach of contract, at about 8:13 p.m.
AYER — The Ayer Office of Economic Development is hosting and invites you to an evening event to discuss bringing a makerspace to Ayer.
Makers, artists, tinkerers, hobbyists, and entrepreneurs join us on Thursday, June 26, from 6-9 p.m. in the Great Hall of Ayer Town Hall, 1 Main St., to meet others with similar interests who have a need for a place to grow an idea and initiate a business.
A makerspace is a learning environment rich with possibilities. It’s a place to share not only tools but ideas for creating and for fabrication. It is a place where many different disciplines can work and share together.
The Ayer Office of Economic Development would like to see what interest there is within the community to facilitate this concept and possibly secure space.
For more information call David Maher, Ayer Office of Economic Development, at 978-772-8206.
Come join us for some refreshments and to share in the maker camaraderie!