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ESPN renting space in Fall River for Hernandez trial

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FALL RIVER, Mass. -

The Cherry & Webb building on South Main Street is a stone's throw from the Fall River courthouse.

And as of Jan. 1, office space inside is being leased by ESPN for a future Aaron Hernandez trial.

"When Hernandez first appeared in court and we saw the media crush as well as the people crush, that's when it dawned upon us to lease out the space and we actually approached ESPN, and asked if they'd be interested. And lo and behold, they were," said Ken Fiola of the Fall River Office of Economic Development.

The building is owned by the city.

ESPN is renting the 700 square foot space for six months with month-to-month options after that. Fiola said the rent is "market rate."

Shops and hot coffee spots like Café Arpeggio are hoping to get even hotter.

"It's good for business. It's our first trial that we've had here this big, I want to say," said Amanda Reis who works at the café.

"It's an unfortunate thing with the trial, but we look to capitalize on that. I think it's going to be a boost on our economy just given the amount of people coming in here," said Phil Pinto, owner of the Taphouse Grille.

Fiola said since news broke that ESPN is renting space, others have now expressed interest too.

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