The Town of Tewksbury is presently in discussions with the parent company of the Ira Motors Group, regarding a lease agreement for the Hardy-Pike House.
The third oldest building in Tewksbury was most recently home to A Novel Cafe bookstore and coffee shop. However, that business closed a year ago and in June, Texas-based Group 1 Automotive purchased it's Route 38 neighbor from Marc Ginsburg.
The long-term future of the building remains in question, although Group 1/Ira officials have expressed a willingness to relocate the building, to allow them to expand their dealership footprint.
In the meantime, the building might wind up having a more practical use. On Tuesday, Town Manager Richard Montuori confirmed that the town is in negotiations with Group 1 to utilize the Hardy-Pike House as a temporary Town Hall, while renovations and expansion are done on the actual Town Hall.
The design and construction work could take upwards of two years. The plan had been to move all Town Hall offices to the Tewksbury Senior Center on Chandler Street.
However, if a deal can be worked out with Group 1, that plan would change and all Town Hall offices would move to the Hardy Pike House, said Montuori.
Montuori did not provide a timetable on when a decision would be made.
According to an article appearing in the Lowell Sun, the Tewksbury Historical Commission has endorsed the efforts to lease the Hardy-Pike House and later have it preserved and moved.