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Longtime Corner Store to Become Apartments

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The building at the intersection of Elm and School streets is close to having its new façade completed. The first-floor space that had been home to corner markets and delicatessens for decades has been refurbished to accommodate two apartments.

Tim Ayer, a partner in the building owned by Hood & Ayer LLP, explained that after the closure of the Uncommon Market, followed by the July flood last summer, the location attracted some interest, but no one came forward to re-open a store. Moreover, the built-in coolers and other equipment were going to require extensive repair or replacement. 

“After many months of marketing the commercial location with no response and knowing the demand for housing is high, converting the space to apartments made the most sense,” Ayer said.

The renovations have included gutting the interior and raising the floor level of the apartments a full 18 inches. “There were at least six layers of old flooring” on the main level, Ayer noted. Each of the apartments will have separate access to a balcony overlooking the North Branch River.

The apartments are expected to be available for occupancy after July 15, Ayer said.

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