Online auction for Old Lyme Shopping Center closes today

The former Lyme Market is set to be sold via an online auction. File photo.

OLD LYME — The The Old Lyme Shopping Center is currently up for sale via an online auction opening September 6 (previously August 23). At the time of writing (7:10 a.m.), the highest bid is $2,750,000, but it also says on the site that the reserve has yet to be reached.

Ten-x.com North East Private Client Group manages the sale and the details of the property are listed as follows:

Main property type: Detail

Gross area (square feet): 50 223

Occupancy on date: 06/07/2022

Bidding opens August 23 and closes August 25, with a starting bid set at $1.5 million.

The property is being marketed according to the agent’s description as “Conveniently located immediately off Exit 70 off I-95 (ADT 59,000) on U.S. Route 1 (ADT 11,000) in the heart of a commercial corridor and main detail”. The description also states that “annual consumer spending within 5 miles exceeds $435,000,000”.

The potential sale was mentioned at the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s meeting yesterday by members of the Halls Road Improvement Committee (HRIC), who presented their Halls Road Overlay District (HROD) proposal to the selectmen.

Asked this morning about her reaction to the planned sale, HRIC chairwoman Edie Twining replied by email: ‘If you look at the advert they keep saying how convenient it is for the motorway. [That could likely mean] More gas stations??

She added: “So until this overlay [the proposed HROD] is in place, that [property] is most attractive for highway service places and the like. If we had the overlay, freeway-focused developers would have to compete for space with those who want to pursue our vision: – retail first with multi-family residential, with its best return on investment. »

Twining concluded optimistically: “We aim to submit our application for the Halls Road Overlay District in September. After a few fruitful meetings with the [Old Lyme] Zoning Commission, I hope that will become a reality this year.

Editor’s note: We will have more about the Halls Road Overlay District in a future article.