ESPN renting space in Fall River for Hernandez trial

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

And as ofJan. 1, office space inside is being leased by ESPN for a future Aaron Hernandeztrial.

"WhenHernandez first appeared in court and we saw the media crush as well as thepeople crush, that's when it dawned upon us to lease out the space and weactually 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 buildingis owned by the city.

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

Shops andhot coffee spots like Caf Arpeggio are hoping to get even hotter.

"It'sgood for business. It's our first trial that we've had here this big, I want tosay," said Amanda Reis who works at the caf.

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

Fiolasaid since news broke that ESPN is renting space, others have now expressedinterest too.