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Railroad Salvage building sold again

The crumbling former Railroad Salvage building in Turners Falls stands behind chainlink fences , loosing bricks  and supporting vines.
rop 11/6/24   Geoff Bluh

The crumbling former Railroad Salvage building in Turners Falls stands behind chainlink fences , loosing bricks and supporting vines. rop 11/6/24 Geoff Bluh

TURNERS FALLS — The former Railroad Salvage building, now a crumbling ruin carrying a heavy debt from years of unpaid taxes, has once again changed hands on paper.

The property is now owned by a corporation with one local member, Jeanne Golrick of Millers Falls, who herself has had run-ins with the town over taxes and property ownership.

Former owner James Bent Jr. divided the former discount department store property into a 2.27-acre lot with the Railroad Salvage building and a smaller lot with a better preserved structure, and in July of 2012 sold the larger lot to Peter Champoux of Greenfield for $200 and “other good and valuable consideration,” which Bent said referred to responsibility for the tax debt, which then stood at more than $15,000.

Champoux claimed to be acting as representative for an anonymous “unincorporated association of individuals” in the purchase.

According to records filed with the Registry of Deeds Aug. 1, Champoux transferred the property to Solutions Consulting Group for $200, the cost of transfer fees and “other good and valuable consideration.”

Debt currently stands at $22,480.75, with Champoux having paid no property taxes.

The Registry of Deeds lists four names in association with Solutions Consulting Group, incorporated in July: Scott Smith of 28 Sheridan St., Chicopee as resident agent and Gordon Phillips of Milford, N.H., Paul V. Nolan of Arlington, Va., and Golrick as signatories.

Golrick, who recently ran for a seat on the Board of Selectmen and is a long-time town meeting representative, also owned the Powers Block and neighboring buildings on East Main Street in downtown Millers Falls until the town took them for non-payment of taxes.

Reached Monday evening, Golrick said she had no comment on the Railroad Salvage.

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