Union Products yesterday…Union Square tomorrow

In case you weren’t aware, Union Products has gone out of business and no longer manufactures the pink flamingos that nobody would ever put on their front lawn today. The funny thing is that once the plant closed down everybody got all sentimental and it was like the worst day ever in flamingo land.

After the plant closing, The Flamingo Project was born to bring back to life something that I can’t recall ever seeing anywhere in Leominster on a front lawn.

Now certainly there is more to the Flamingo Project than making flamingos, don’t get me wrong. I think those guys are going to do great things for the community around recycling and possibly redevelopment and reuse of some of the areas vacant industrial buildings. Will they make money selling flamingos? We’ll see…

I just can’t see pink flamingos on the front lawns of the houses being built in some of Leominster’s upscale developments. I think I read about a covenant in one development that no flamingos were allowed in the front lawns of any houses.

Anyways…fast forward to August 6, 2007. Jimmy Xarras closed on the Union Products building after being the high bidder at a foreclosure auction held back in June. He took title in the name of Union Square Realty Trust. That’s pretty catchy. There’s a Union Square in downtown San Francisco and it’s a happening place.

What are Jimmy’s plans for the nearly 200,000 SF complex? Who knows…only Jimmy knows that. I think a great idea would be a small village of commercial/retail and office buildings with a mix of small industrial buildings that could either be leased or purchased.

I envision a small mixed use development. He could call it Union Square. Do you think he already had that thought?

We’ll see what happens over there but I’m sure he didn’t buy it so it could sit in the state it’s in now so expect to see some action over there.

Related Articles:



Powered by Facebook Comments


  1. alex says:

    I’m surfing on u blog,look great,
    well,thinks for you info
    idea for money,Find


  2. Successful Agent says:

    In the past few years I’ve been researching who are the successful agents, tried to figure out why top agents are top agents.
    Do they have a common educational background? No. Good ones have high school diplomas, masters and doctorates. No correlation.
    Similar previous careers? No. One of the best agents I know used to teach baton twirling. I doubt if I could find a lot of those if I tried! I’ve had waiters, teachers, high powered executives and stay-at-home Moms who were all very successful.
    Common interests? No. Other than eating, (which we Realtor-types seem to do exceptional well) the interests are widely diverse.
    After 13 years in real estate sales and management, I’ve only found a few constants.
    1. Successful agents treat the real estate business as a business. They actually have a business plan and a budget. They understand that you have to spend money to make money. They know how many sales they need to make the income they require and then they figure how they’ll get from here to there. They plan in advance and execute the plan.
    2. They actually work when they work and play when they play and take a day or two off every week. (Just like a “real job!”)
    3. They have fun and enjoy selling real estate but know that it won’t be forever.
    4. They buy a lot of real estate for investment when they see good deals because they know that no one gets rich selling the stuff. You get rich owning it! Financial independence gives one a lot of freedom, autonomy and a certain air of confidence that smells like success.
    . . . And people like to do business with successful people so they do more business!
    That’s why I choose this realtor http://www.realtydirectorymakers.com/ for my future.

  3. Ravi kumar says:

    hello i think this is great to you
    Costa Blanca estate agent offers spanish property for sale from apartments to villas new builds and resales.
    spanish property for sale

  4. Celia says:

    These articles are fantastic; the information you show us is interesting for everybody and is really good written. It’s just great!! Do you want to know something more? Read it…:Great investment opportunity at best western jaco beach, best western jaco beach resort ,beach front hotel jaco puntarenas. Visit us for more info at: http://www.jaco-bay.com/

  5. costa rica says:

    These articles are fantastic; the information you show us is interesting for everybody and is really good written. It’s just great!! Do you want to know something more? Read it…: Great investment opportunity in Costa Rica: jaco beach real estate, map jaco beach, hotel in jaco beach costa rica. Visit us for more info at: http://www.jaco-bay.com/

  6. The Role of a Realtor says:

    When going to buy or sell a home, your first step should be finding a honest and hard-working realtor.

    When going to buy or sell a home, your first step should be finding an honest and hard-working realtor. You can find a real estate agent by keeping an eye out for advertisements, calling your local real estate broker, or through the internet.

    The role of a real estate agent is to represent your best interests in a real estate transaction. They work off of a commission, normally 6% of the sales price of the home. In most cases, that commission is split equally between the realtor representing the buyer and the realtor representing the seller. For a person buying a home, the service of the real estate agent is free, because commission is paid by the seller. The buyer, however, is responsible for most of the closing costs. The closing costs will be explained to you by your realtor and will be on the documents you sign when you go to the title company. Closing costs can also be negotiated on during the contract process.

    The real estate agent, through their broker, has access to all of the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) listed homes in your area of interest. If you are a home buyer, the realtor can provide you with information about homes for sale that meet your criteria. They will then bring you to these homes and let you inside to see them. If you are selling a home, the realtor will list your home in the MLS, post a “For Sale” sign in your yard, and hold open houses to attract buyers. Be wary of discount realtors that offer to list your home for a lower commission. Studies show that, in most cases, your home will stay on the market longer and you end up selling it for a lower price than what you intended.

    A real estate transaction is a complicated process that involves many steps and is best done with the help of a trained, licensed professional. A realtor can save you the headache of dealing with the other party in the sale, getting together the contract, and submitting all the documents to the title company. So when you are ready to buy or sell a house, contact the local real estate agent.
    I had come to know these kind of information through the realtor site which I have recently visited http://www.realestateinwoodstock.com

    This site shows much useful information about the real estate business

  7. linda says:

    Great investment opportunity in Costa Rica, costa rica real estate, real estate beach, costa rica condos
    Visit us for more information at http://www.jaco-bay.com

  8. A Darren DeSouza says:


    Great site. I have a blog I’ve started on Real Estate and Technology, I’m focusing on Web 2.0 applications, but there will be a lot about relevant technologies.


Leave a Reply to Ravi kumar Cancel reply