CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — A towering statue that has been a fixture in Western Mass. for decades has a new owner.
Charlie Arment, who owns a trucking company in Springfield, purchased the 30-foot tall ‘Plantation Man’ for $11,500 at an auction Friday at the Plantation Inn in Chicopee.
Maria Cantalini-Petitt, an owner of the Plantation Inn, decided to close the hotel, which her family has owned since 1993,”It’s been 20 years, my dad passed away a year ago, I think it’s time to move on,” says Cantalini.
Arment, who bought the statue on behalf of others who he didn’t name, hasn’t said what he will do with the statue, but indicated the intent to keep it in the area.
Also available at Friday’s auction were the land, hotel, furnishings and other items.
The land and the hotel failed to sell on Friday, after a $2.7 million bid was not accepted.
Now, the land and hotel will be sold at a later date.
The furnishings were sold separately.
The inn was built in 1960 and was known as the Shine Inn.
It has a rich history . Back in 1965, Muhammad Ali trained there for his heavyweight title fight against Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine.