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Developer’s mansion in Wayland to be auctioned

Developer Roy MacDowell’s 28-room mansion in Wayland is scheduled to be auctioned on Friday.
Developer Roy MacDowell’s 28-room mansion in Wayland is scheduled to be auctioned on Friday. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

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Roy MacDowell Jr. rose from landscaper to one of the region’s most sought-after developers, and as he prospered, he renovated and rebuilt the home on the Wayland property he’s owned for nearly 40-years, culminating in 2001 with the construction of a 28-room mansion.

But like many people, MacDowell was hard hit in the recent real estate bust, left with debt he couldn’t pay, a house he couldn’t sell, and a lender poised to foreclose. But unlike most homeowners, MacDowell’s foreclosure was initiated by a friend.

MacDowell’s palatial estate is scheduled to go on the auction block on Friday to satisfy an $8.3 debt to Boston construction magnate John Fish, who, in published reports, has described MacDowell as a long-time friend. Fish and MacDowell declined comment.

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