June 29, 2017
Car magnate Herb Chambers has sold the former WLVI-TV studio at 75 Morrissey Blvd., a key property that is immediately adjacent to the now-vacant Boston Globe campus. Chambers sold the parcel to POB CC 75 MORRISSEY LLC, a subsidiary of the Center Court, a New York-based firm that pulled out of an agreement to buy the Globe property earlier this year.
A June 27 filing with the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds shows that the company paid Chambers $14.5 million for the site, which Chambers purchased in 2011. Chambers initially planned to re-use the old television studio as a car dealership for pre-owned BMWs, a project that won approval from civic leaders and the Menino administration. But, Chambers never went forward with the proposal.
Last year, Chambers emerged with a new plan to build a large Land Rover and Jaguar dealership with a new five-story, 216,000-square foot building replacing the existing structure. The plan included an access road that tunneled through the middle of the ground floor to connect with surrounding streets.
Civic leaders who reviewed the new Chambers plan last summer asked that he postpone it amid uncertainty surrounding the future of the 16.5-acre Globe property next door at 135 Morrissey Blvd.
David Ridini of Center Court Properties reportedly had a deal with the Globe to purchase the site for more than $80 million. The agreement fell apart in May 2017. The newspaper’s staff relocated to new offices on State Street last week.
Sean Keohan, the chief operating officer of the Globe, said they hope to lock in a sale on the property by this summer. “We’re in the middle of a process right now, and we hope to be under agreement shortly,” he told the Reporter on Wednesday. Keohan would not disclose the identity of the “multiple parties” with whom the Globe is in discussions.