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Has The Old Discount Auto Parts Property Been Sold Again?

There is plenty of activity on the site. Is something finally being built there?

Question: We've gotten several emailed questions, asking what is going on with the property that used to be home to Discount Auto Parts.

As you may recall, construction began a couple of years ago on a small strip mall that was thought to be a location for a future Subway Restaurant. However, there were and the framing was ordered torn down by town officials.

Within the last several months, a giant "For Sale" sign has shown up along Route 38 and in the last several days, there has been heavy equipment doing work on the 2.5 acre site, located across the street from Repair on Route 38 in South Tewksbury.

So the question folks want to know is, has the property been sold and what will be built there?

Answer: For an answer, we went to

For starters, the land is still owned by Iqbala Salewala, Harini Kothapally and Muralidhar Holur for 7 Hills Realty Trust. According to Sadwick, the property has not been sold.

And the heavy equipment and work being done?

"The owner has contracted with to clean up the site," said Sadwick. "This will include the removal of the debris and the existing foundation. The property will be loamed and seeded and will remain vacant. It is still for sale."

Shaun September 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Any idea what the asking price is on the property?
Bill Gilman (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Not sure on that.
SD From T-Bury September 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
At least they're cleaning it up. Can they contact the owners of Funland and have them do the same?
JB September 07, 2012 at 02:33 PM
$1,200,000 Here is the link to the listing: http://www.loopnet.com/xNet/MainSite/Listing/Profile/Profile.aspx?LID=17730592&SRID=2840226447&StepID=101&jli=y
Italian Mama September 07, 2012 at 02:50 PM
omg SD you got that one right..and get the homeless man living there in a proper facility..maybe jail?
U.S.A. September 07, 2012 at 03:26 PM
So lets get this straight, There is a foundation standing in an empty lot and the town orders them to remove it and clean it up. All the while Funland has been closed for years and is one of the biggest eye sores in the town, A 12 year old girl gets rapped on the property back in June and the town does nothing about that? All I can say to the owner of funland is, I hope you have a good attorney, because I smell a law suit coming your way.
SD From T-Bury September 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM
From what I've heard, the owner of Funland passed away. Not sure who is in charge of it now, but I hope the town gets them to clean it up.
Italian Mama September 07, 2012 at 04:35 PM
i wonder if the town can over ride something considering the drug use in the building and on property, also eye sore of the property
Ronald September 07, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Most of route 38 is an eye sore. Im including the existing businesses currently open. Look at the landscape in front of some of these places. No wonder people don't want to invest a business in this town....it looks like a dump.
Italian Mama September 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
agreed ronald
Mike September 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I hope something gets built on that huge vacant lot across haffners that has been vacant for many years
Italian Mama September 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
i hope something gets built on ANY of the huge vacant lots! :)
Kmc September 07, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Im hoping for a Target to be opened!! Lol anyone agree???
TomH September 08, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I knew the guy who tore down the original auto parts store. It took the owners forever to pay him for his services. Then the site gets developed with obvious substandard building materials(particle board framing timbers) that started sagging right away. I hope the guy who did the recent work gets paid.
Mike Roberts September 08, 2012 at 08:46 PM
That wasn't built with 'particle board framing timbers' - those were engineered wooden beams. Unfortunately when you allow them to get wet, they fail. If they had sheathed them and covered with a proper roof, would have been a different story.

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