Galaxy Roller Rink property sold
Groton — Tidal River Holdings LLC, whose members include Outer Light Brewing Company owners Matt Ferrucci and Tom Drejer, has purchased the Galaxy Roller Rink property at 210 Bridge St. for $2,449,500 and the two-family home at 240 Bridge St. for $150,000.
Ferrucci, agent of the LLC, said they're mulling over their plans.
"We haven't gotten there yet, but we're definitely going to share any news we have," Ferrucci said. He said they were "kind of bursting at the seams" at their brewery at 266 Bridge St., and "the original plan was to potentially move the brewery into the roller-skating rink and expand that way."
Ferrucci said discussions predated the COVID-19 pandemic, and he had been talking to rink owner Lou Trefes. Ferrucci said plans got put on hold during the pandemic, and Trefes died last October.
Ferrucci said the building has been neglected and "it's a mess in there," so for now the plan is for Outer Light to stay put. But he thinks the land is a great opportunity for the city.
"We're open to what the public has to say, maybe apartments, maybe more of the same. We don't know," Ferrucci said.
The property at 210 Bridge St. is zoned general commercial.
Ferrucci said a structural engineer and architect came to review the property. There was "horrible water damage, and it starts to become a project that's cheaper to build from scratch, than to try and renovate the roof and all that kind of stuff," he said.
Advanced Improvements is working on the site. Asked about demolition, Ferrucci said he's trying to figure out how to move forward.
Galaxy Roller Rink, which was built in 1955 and named Melody Skating Rink at the time, closed in February 2018; Matt Longino owned the business and was leasing the building. At the time, Trefes said he planned to get somebody else in there to run a skating rink, but contractors said the roof was beyond repair.
Soon after, city Building Official Carlton Smith gave notice that the structure was unsafe, due to water leaking through the roof exterior and a section of drop ceiling falling onto the skating floor.
The sale of the Galaxy Roller Rink property from Trefes & Trefes General Partnership to Tidal River Holdings LLC was recorded in the town's land records on Aug. 12, 2021.
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