Thursday, January 07, 2016
NORTHAMPTON — The owner of the building housing an adult shop for nearly a decade said the store has not hindered economic development on that stretch of King Street and he is confident that he will soon find a new commercial tenant.
Barry Goldberg, of Longmeadow, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that Amazing.net has a lease that runs through May 1, but its owner, Capital Video Corp. of Cranston, Rhode Island, asked to leave early. The store is scheduled to close Saturday.
“They’ve been a very good tenant. I have nothing to complain about after all the controversy,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg reflected on the extensive news coverage of the store’s original filing with city planners and its eventual arrival in late 2007. “I can’t tell you how much hate mail I got,” Goldberg said.
Real estate agent Patrick M. Goggins has the 6,200-square-foot building, with 25 parking spaces, listed with an annual rent of $13 per square foot. Goldberg said there is already interest.
“He’s told me someone’s looking at it,” Goldberg added. “He’s had inquiries.”
Goldberg has owned the property for more than 25 years and appreciated what he called his latest tenant’s tasteful window displays and the general property upkeep that he argues has been a credit to the business community.
He disputes the argument, made by representatives from NoPornNorthampton, that the store’s closing will make that section of King Street more attractive. They have pointed to the former furniture store at 139 King St. that has been vacant for many years, and note other sites also have struggled for tenants.
But Goldberg said he does not believe the adult store has been a detriment and that there are other issues explaining why the neighboring building, once owned by the late Douglas Kohl, has trouble finding tenants, including limited on-site parking.
“I don’t think they hurt anybody,” Goldberg said of his tenant. “I have trouble believing that’s why he couldn’t rent the building.”
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