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by Robert Cook
Peabody.Patch.com

Ward 5 City Councilor Dave Gamache is proud of his unofficial title, the “Mayor of Route 1.”

He has lived and served many constituents in this area for 22 years and he and his colleagues at City Hall have worked hard over that time to help Peabody’s 2.8-mile stretch of the state highway transition from a collection of boarded up motels and restaurants to a place of vibrant business again.

We’ve done a lot on Route 1. Are we done yet? I don’t think we are,” he said.

Several projects are in the works and others are in the pipeline that will soon displace the remains of the former Carriage House Motel, Country Side Motel and the former Bel-Aire Diner.

New businesses, such as Red’s Kitchen and Tavern, an 8,000-square foot development owned by John Drivas, owners of Red’s Sandwich Shoppe in Salem, are being constructed behind the former diner. Less than 100 feet away, JRM Hauling and Recycling Services is waiting to build a new state-of-the-art recycling facility on the site of the former Carriage House Motel.

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