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March 30, 2020

WooSox co-owner adds to Worcester holdings

Photo | Grant Welker James Skeffington Jr., a Pawtucket Red sox co-owner, has bought five parcels totaling about 2.5 acres less than a mile south of Polar Park.

James Skeffington Jr., a co-owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, has added four more small properties to his holdings just under a mile south of where the team is slated to begin play next spring at Worcester's $132-million Polar Park.

Skeffington has bought four empty contiguous parcels off Quinsigamond Avenue adding up to an acre, to join a 1.5-acre site across the street he bought in December.

Those properties — 15 Ashmont Ave., 17 Ashmont Ave., 3 Arwick Ave. and 71 Quinsigamond Ave. — totaled $600,000 in a transaction with New Garden Park, a subsidiary of the Worcester Business Development Corp., which owned the sites. The deal closed March 6. The four properties were last assessed by the City of Worcester at $318,600.

Skeffington, under a limited liability corporation registered to his name, bought the initial Quinsigamond Avenue site from the WBDC as well. Each of the properties are zoned for residential use and sit near the intersection of I-290 and Route 146.

The 1.5-acre site at 75 Quinsigamond Ave. was home to the J.J. Nissen Baking Co. for more than 50 years until it closed in 1998. That site, like the ones Skeffinton bought this month, is now vacant.

Skeffington is one of the 13 listed owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox, which are slated to move Worcester in April 2021 to play at Polar Park. Skeffington's late father was one of a group of owners, along with PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino, who bought the team in 2015 from longtime owner Ben Mondor.

Skeffington, through the team, declined to comment on the transactions Monday.

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