We figured it must be some old-timer who’s had the building for decades and now wants to cash in (is that ageist?). But we checked city records, and it was just bought Nov. 30, 2012 for $300,000. A hardware-store style sale sign just lists a phone number, which we called and got a hold of owner Rocco Del Mastro, who’s selling it for $350,000.
“I got a little boy,” said Del Mastro, a laborer with Local 332 who also used to own Fond’s new building. “I got to try to save for college.” Sounds good to us.
He did say the interior is old, so the whole thing would need to be renovated, but $350,000 seems a fair price for such a great location. Next door at Fond, PARC bought the building last year for $575,000. Granted, that one’s much larger, 2,880 square feet compared to 1,656, and it’s a corner building, but still.
Judging by the condition of the windows, the place would need to be completely gutted. But one intriguing thing about a potential sale is that if you look closely, the bricks on the first floor show that what was once a huge display window was covered up. Hopefully, any new owner would remedy that and take advantage of the fountain view.
“A lot of people are looking for mixed use,” he said. “I’ve been showing it a lot. It used to be an old couple that lived there. The man was a famous accordion guy, and they lived upstairs and downstairs he used to have the shop” where he sold and fixed the instruments.
So, what kind of business should go in there? Before you say a restaurant, how many can the fountain support?