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Business tour paying dividends for Montgomery

Updated: December 8, 2012 6:34AM

MONTGOMERY — Two buildings in the village have been sold in the past week – and the director of the Montgomery Economic Development Commission says a recent bus tour may be part of the reason.

About 40 people boarded a charter bus last month to take part in the MEDC Deals on Wheels tour of available property in the village.

In the past week, one of the featured properties, the former Boca Burrito at 214 N. River Drive, was sold. A few days later, the building that housed The Mill Tavern and Liquor Store at 310 N. River St. also was sold.

“In less than 30 days both buildings have been sold,” said Charlene Coulombe-Fiore, MEDC executive director.

The Mill Tavern site is slated to become a pool hall, while a Mexican restaurant is scheduled for the former Boca Burrito property.

The village will host a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a Merlin 200,000 Mile Shop at 1947 Route 30. The 4,200-square-foot facility will employ six to 10 people and pump an estimated $900,000 into the local economy the MEDC said.

The ribbon also will be cut this week on the expansion and remodeling project at Coffman GMC, at 1149 Lake St. Coffman has been in operation for the past 62 years.

Fiore said participants that were involved in the Merlin project were on the bus tour and report business is picking up.

“David Howat with Inland (real estate) said he had gotten more calls regarding sites in Montgomery in the past two weeks than he had in the past two years,” she said.

Fiore said the tour served to position the village in a good light.

“We showed the surrounding communities that the village is pro-active and the village is doing great,” she said.

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