NORTHAMPTON Mass. (WWLP) – 5 acres where the Northampton Honda dealership used to be has been vacant since 2005. The Massachusetts DEP put restrictions on the site in 2006 for soil contamination.
The property was used for auto repairs and sales since 1946. Between 1928 and 1951 portions of the property housed businesses including a machine shop, lumber, coal, and a junk yard. A northern parcel has been leased by MassElectric as recent as 2001.
The Northampton Honda Dealership was sold and relocated further down the road as Lia Honda. The buildings were demolished last summer due to safety issues.
Marianna Gregersen of Marianne’s Boutique told 22News, “Looking at this vacant lot. People dump things there, people park there for hours. This side of town is a little bit quiet and I think it really needs to tie into the downtown Northampton area somehow.”
A mixed use retail office development was approved for the site in 2007 but was never constructed in part due to the site’s environmental issues.
The property has been assessed at $984,000.