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Ground broken for first new commercial building in Belmont in 49 years

Sep 05, 2019 10:04AM

Ground was officially broken last Friday for North Main Station- the first totally new commercial building in downtown Belmont in 49 years. North Main Station developers Steve Pepitone and Talia Simons (both center) are seen shoveling with several City of Belmont officials. Photo by Alan Hodge

By Alan Hodge

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Last Friday morning saw the official groundbreaking for North Main Station- the first new commercial construction in downtown Belmont in nearly half a century.

The 6,000sq. ft. building will be an extension on the back side of the former P&N  depot (currently South Main Cycles and Mug Shots Coffee) and provide space for at least five tenants. The new building’s architecture will reflect that of the depot.

The project is being developed by South Main Cycles owner Steve Pepitone and partner Talia Simons.

Last week’s groundbreaking was largely ceremonial

since actual construction began several weeks ago and is progressing nicely.

Numerous remarks preceded the official shoveling.

Belmont’s downtown director Phil Boggan had this to say about the historic project.

“Downtown Belmont is the heart and soul of this community and region,” he said. “Today is a special day because  our charm is growing for the first time in half a century.”

Belmont mayor Charles Martin remarked- “We are blessed to have this new business building in downtown Belmont.”

Talia Simons also spoke.

“We are excited about the project,” she said. “This has been years in the making. It is important to keep the new building similar to the depot.”

Steve Pepitone purchased the former P&N railroad depot at 4 N. Main St. several years ago for his South Main Cycles business. Credit goes to him for preserving its basic 1915 structure and look and for echoing that in the new addition.

Pepitone reflected on how downtown Belmont has evolved over the recent past and  the keen sense of cooperation between city hall and business.

“This project is really fulfilling,” he said. “We could not have done it without a lot of support.”