2 Grove Street
The demolition of one of Upton’s oldest commercial buildings, 2 Grove Street, is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 1.
At a Special Town Meeting in February of 2015, residents approved the purchase of 2 Grove Street for $80,000 with the intent of demolishing it in order to create additional parking for the Town Hall.
The Historical Commission opposed the demolition of the property due to the building’s historical significance. The building was built as a general store in 1833. Members of the Committee were hoping the building could be preserved.
A six month moratorium was placed on the demolition allowing the Historical Commission time to look at other options for preservation. The Town did look into relocating and restoration of the building but there was no interest. The moratorium has expired and demolition is set for tomorrow.
If you are not familiar with the street address you may remember some of the businesses which were located there; Bettano’s Italian Specialty Shop (2008), Piece of Cake (1999), Slavin’s Country Kitchen (1995), DJ’s Country Kitchen (1992), and Jim Gorman’s Variety Store. Other businesses included Thompson’s, Deering’s Spa and Nahra’s.
The process of removing the building will take approximately six weeks, the demolition should be completed in a day.
All Town employees have been advised to park in the municipal (playground) parking lot which will allow town hall guests access to the lot at 1 Main Street.
Jim Gorman outside his store – 2 Grove Street. Date unknown. Photo courtesy of “Upton a Pictorial History”