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November 30, 2023

Following auction, former Becker College house sold for $230K

Image | Courtesy of Google Maps The 1812 house in Leicester

The sale of the 1812 House, a former Becker College property located at 981 Main St. in Leicester, has been finalized, following a September auction where the Town of Leicester accepted a bid of $230,000.

The sale of the property was completed on Wednesday, according to Worcester District Registry of Deeds records. The property was purchased by G&R Investment Group, a corporation based in North Grafton managed by Germano Lima of North Grafton and Roberto Rabassa of Hartford. 

The 1812 House was among five former Becker College properties auctioned by the Town of Leicester. The properties sold for a combined total of just under $1.24 million, according to a September release issued by the town.

The sale of three other properties auctioned off in the September auction were finalized earlier in November: Russell Hall, located at 963 Main St., and Hitchcock Hall, located at 997 Main St., were purchased by Lee Morse, a Worcester property developer. Winslow Hall, located at 1003 Main St., was purchased by Bro's LLC, a corporation based in Worcester. The sale of the final property, Lane Hall, located at 993 Main St., has yet to be finalized. The sale price for the properties ranged from $230,000 to $350,000.

Following Becker College’s closure in 2021, Town voters approved a deal where the Town acquired the bulk of the school’s Leicester campus. The 1812 House was one of the properties the select board deemed to be surplus, according to Leicester’s town website, resulting in it being put up for bid.

Despite its name, the 1812 House was constructed in 1840, according to Town of Leicester property records. The two-story, 11-room house was utilized as student housing. 

Lima did not immediately return an email requesting more information on G&R’s intent for the property. The house is located in a historic district, meaning the owners will need to get Town approval before making any changes to the exterior of the structure. 

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