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Closed Mass. Ave. service station demolished

Demolition by C.J. Doherty at 887 Mass. Ave. / Bob Sprague photoDemolition of former gas station/garage underway at 887 Mass. Ave. by C.J. Doherty. / Bob Sprague photo

UPDATED, Oct. 31: Demolition of the long-closed former service station at 887 Mass. Ave., which began Monday, Oct. 30, was concluding the next day.

Work started on the white building with red X after school started, about 8 a.m., the time noted by Principal Matthew Janger in a post to the school community Thursday, Oct. 26. By 1 p.m. Oct 31, much of the debris had been carted away, and a large shovel was breaking up large rocks.

At the site, next to Mystic Wine Shoppe, developer John Carney of Arlington aims to build four residential units and three retail spaces under a plan that the Redevelopment Board approved in August

A police detail is to on the site throughout the demolition and removal of the structure. The process is expected to take two days.

Police say they will do their best to minimize interference with traffic.

The public is alerted to be aware of possible delays. 

The Aug. 7 Redevelopment Board votes brought the number of major mixed-use projects to four since Town Meeting approved bylaws permitting conbining commercial and residential units. 

Future sign consideration

Speaking for his client at next-door Mystic Wine on Aug. 7, attorney John Maher said requested future board consideration of a free-standing sign. He said that drivers westbound on Mass. Ave. would not be able to see the store, because the new development would block it.

Maher made clear his client does not oppose the project.

The developer's attorney, Robert Annese, said that if this comes before the board, the developer would support the request.

Until it closed in 1995, Computune, a garage, was on the site. A gasoline station was on the site as early as 1924. 

Aug. 13, 2017: 2 mixed-use projects OK'd at 'eyesore' sites
June 28, 2017: Summer St. developer is asked to sharpen design, adjust building
June 17, 2017: Design guidance offered for precedent-setting mixed-use plan
Dec. 6, 2016: Affordable housing at Downing Square gets Redevelopment Board OK
Nov. 22, 2016: First key mixed-use project OK'd

This news summary was published Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, and updated Oct. 31. 

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