SHREWSBURY – The prefabricated concrete walls towering over motorists zipping along Route 9, the work of busy cranes and trucks, are part of a significant redevelopment project that will yield a flooring retailer and two automotive repair centers.
Newton-based McGovern Automotive Group is redeveloping the 15-acre property at 420 Boston Turnpike to birth an automotive collision center and a Floor & Décor storefront.
Two massive manufacturing buildings that once stood on the property and aged into an eyesore for the town were partially flattened to make room for the project by McGovern, which purchased the land for $9.8 million in September 2021.
The front part of the bigger of the buildings has been chopped in half to make room for a 65,300-square-foot storefront for Floor & Décor – a national chain with roots in Georgia.
The rear part of the building, a 112,000-square-foot structure that is due for restoration, will function as a collision center for McGovern’s five auto sales locations, according to Jon Crandall, project manager for McGovern.
McGovern owns and manages BMW of Shrewsbury, Audi of Shrewsbury, McGovern Buick GMC of Westborough, Autobahn USA Westborough and McGovern Ford of Framingham.
The building at 420 Boston Turnpike will also function as a ready center for municipal vehicles for police and fire departments from across the state, according to Crandall. He said the center is slated to service 700 to 1,000 vehicles a year.
Another building, a one-story brick dwelling to the right of the developing projects, was razed earlier this year to make way for a parking lot.
The company is looking to start work at the auto centers in November, while the Floor & Décor could open