May 25, 2022

Local Man Buys Vacant Ivoryton Car Dealership Site

Vacant car dealership site at 7 Main Street, Ivoryton (photo courtsey of Jerome Wilson)

ESSEX— A local man has purchased the vacant car dealership site at 7 Main Street in the Ivoryton section. In a property transfer filed with the town Wednesday, the 1.5-acre parcel was sold by the Grand Pacific Holding Company of Flushing, N.Y. to Little Village Construction LLC of 19 Little Point St., Essex¬† for $250,000.

Richard Ayotte confirmed Thursday that he had purchased the property, and that Little Village Construction LLC is his company. Ayotte, who has lived in Essex for about 15 years, has been on the property since Nov. 29. Over the past week he had crews on the site removing the asphalt blacktop where vehicles were displayed.

Site after crews have removed the asphalt blacktop (photo courtesy of Jerome Wilson)

The parcel, which fronts on the widest section of the Mill Pond of the Falls River, is the site of one of the first car dealerships in Middlesex County dating back about 100 years. It was operated for decades as the Behrens & Bushnell Buick dealership, and since 2005 as a Crest Mazda dealership. The site has been vacant since July 2010. The parcel had been assessed at $777,000 on the 2009 grand list of taxable property.

Ayotte said Thursday he has not decided on an exact use for the property, which contains one large garage-style building. “I just don’t know yet,” Ayotte said, adding that he may have more to say about the future use of the property next week.

But town Zoning Enforcement Officer Joseph Budrow said last week Ayotte had told him he plans to use the property for a private car club. Budrow said a private car club could operate on the parcel without the need for a special permit and public hearing before the zoning commission.

First Selectman Norman Needleman said he is pleased the parcel was sold to a local resident. Needleman said he plans to have lunch with Ayotte soon to discuss potential future uses of the property.