GROTON -- A bid by businessman Steven Webber to buy the Station Avenue fire station for $1,000 was rejected by selectmen Monday night.

Webber told selectmen that he had not given up on the idea of developing the Station Avenue site as a mixed-use commercial and residential area and intended to "mothball" the fire station building until he could get something going.

Webber's was the only bid following a process that yielded no other buyers with lack of parking at the site being the main cause of the disinterest.

However, Town Manager Mark Haddad reported that others began to express interest after the bidding process had closed and suggested to the board that it be tried again.

"I don't see how it could hurt," said Selectman Stuart Schulman.

Schulman's fellow selectmen agreed, rejected Webber's bid "without prejudice" and instructed Haddad to put the project back out to bid.

Also at their Feb. 10 meeting, board members voted to appoint Gregory Troughton to the Economic Development Committee.