The former Tom’s Mobil gas station building may be demolished as early as next week.
But there is expected to be plenty of downtime between when the site is cleared and when a developer begins and completes work on whatever takes over at this highly visible location at South Main and Saltonstall streets.
So what should the site be used for in the meantime?
Councilmember Robert O’Brien has offered a few ideas, as has City Manager John Goodwin.
Nothing definitive was decided at City Council’s planning/development committee meeting Tuesday night, but O’Brien’s suggestions included a range: holding special events, a food truck rodeo, a temporary retail facility or demonstration space for clean energy.
All of the ideas would help to showcase the site to an interested developer and demonstrate the kinds of businesses that could operate there.
“This is a great spot,” O’Brien said. “I thought it would be empty all summer and that would be a shame.”
Goodwin has suggested the site could be used as a temporary staging location for road reconstruction work — particularly as neighbors successfully got the city to move its usual staging site on West Avenue.
Goodwin admitted this isn’t the best use of a Main Street location, but would save the city money.