AYER - Passersby may have noticed the foundation at 63 Main Street is now filled in. It was the site of the former Roux building, which was devastated by fire on June 18. Seven adults and two children were displaced by the fire; no one was injured in the five-alarm blaze.
On Tuesday, Phil Berry confirmed that he's entered into a purchase and sales agreement to buy the remaining lot from Littleton brothers Matthew and Michael Fields, who are the co-trustees of M&M Realty Trust.
Asked his plans for the lot, Berry would only say "none at this time."
Loads of fill were delivered last week. The site is again secured by a chain link fence.
As of Tuesday, Feb. 5 at noon, there was no deed found at the Registry of Deeds online
Matthew Field said on Tuesday, "The fire really, really hurt us both financially and emotionally. We put a tremendous amount of time and effort in there and it [the fire] just changed our outlook. We were very fortunate that no one was killed."
The basement of the building was undergoing extensive renovation with plans for the Fields to open a new seafood restaurant to be called the Sidetracked Pub. Field said those plans are finished.
"We love the town of Ayer; we still own alot of property in Ayer," said Field. "But we're builders, not bar owners. After going through it, it really took its toll on the two of us. It was a lesson learned - a very expensive
Field said the lot is a buildable lot. "We had very much considered building it back up." Ultimately the investors did not agree and so the lot was sold, said Field.
M&M Realty had purchased the property from North Middlesex Savings Bank in July 2011 for $340,000. The bank had foreclosed on the property in Nov. 2010.
At the time of the fire, the building also housed a Subway Restaurant.
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