A Canton builder has purchased two abandoned buildings on Centre Street, at Park Street, in West Roxbury, both of which it wants to bulldoze.
The developer, CAD Builders LLC, won zoning-board approval approval in June, extend West Roxbury's bird neighborhood with 29 single-family homes, some clustered around a new street called Toucan Road,
CAD Builders has yet to signal just what it will do with the two Centre Street parcels, now home to the old Gilmore place and the neighboring post-apocalyptic former banking bunker at the corner of Park Street. However, it's filed requests with the Boston Landmarks Commission to demolish both buildings - a required step with any building more than 50 years old. People who might object to the demolitions have until Jan. 10 to tell the commission why or forever hold their peace.
In September, CAD Builders paid $1.1 million to buy the old Gilmore place from a Norwood concern that in turn had bought it a few months earlier for $915,000 from Roslindale landlord Vinny Marino, who had earlier acquired it from the Gilmores, according to Suffolk County Registry of Deeds records. A month later, CAD Builders paid $1.3 million for the former bank branch from Rockland Trust, which shut it after it acquired Blue Hills Bank, which had a much larger branch across the street.
The two parcels in total make up about a third of an acre, or 14,658 square feet. By way of comparison, another developer put 16 condos and commercial space in a four-story building at Centre and Willow streets, across from Roche Bros.
The old Peoples Federal Savings branch turned Rockland Trust branch: