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Kilbourn Place To Be Redesigned

Many have wondered when renovation would begin to transform the former Donelan’s market building into Kilbourn Place. On January 8 Gus Widmayer released a statement explaining the delay and plans for an architectural re-design of the building, while also reaffirming his commitment to provide premier retail space for Groton’s Main Street.
     Explaining the need for the redesign, Widmayer said he had been unable to find a contractor to build the approved Greek Revival design at an acceptable price, saying, “I have had considerable difficulty melding construction to design while still coming in at or under budget.” Consequently, he will submit a new design to the Historic Districts Commission for their review and approval.
     He has chosen the architectural firm Studio Troika of Boston for the redesign, the same firm that designed Gibbet Hill Grill. Before the holidays, Widmayer was introduced to the principals at Studio Troika and was impressed by their portfolio of projects - including Gibbet Hill Grill - and their “strong commitment to bring my vision for this property to fruition.” Widmayer said, “I would guess that the Greek Revival façade previously proposed would be scaled down or eliminated,” but he emphasized it is too early to know for sure.
     Once the redesign is finalized, it will be presented to the Historic District Commission for their input. He said the redesign would not alter his intention to provide premier retail space for Groton’s Main Street including offices for his company OX3, just as described in plans already presented to the Town. He said that Studio Troika would provide construction specifications and drawings as well as design services. He expects to choose a construction firm to execute the new design within three weeks.
     Gus Widmayer’s Company, OX3 Corporation, specializes in engineering packaging for storage, transport, and handling of semiconductors. The company provides materials and labor required to prepare electronic components for automated assembly, being one of the top process houses in the U.S. based on service revenues.
     The company has been owned by the Widmayer family since 1972. Key clients include British Aerospace, Raytheon Company, L3/Harris, Vishay Worldwide, AVX Corporation and Bose Corporation. Further information is available at www.ox3.com.
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