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City of Franklin wants barn to be 'recycled'

Union Leader Correspondent

August 15. 2013 8:27PM
The barn at 599 South Main St. that Franklin is hoping will be disassembled and moved. (COURTESY)

FRANKLIN — The city is looking for proposals for the removal and "recycling" of city-owned post-and-beam barn that was attached to what used to be Guay's Garage.

The request for proposals was first made public on Wednesday and the city has already had one inquiry about the barn — from the nearby town of Belmont, which could be interested in parts of the barn for a new pavilion planned near the Tioga River.

The 80-foot-deep, 40-foot-wide barn at 599 South Main St. is on the 4,840-square-foot lot of the garage building, which also still stands. An 1,800-square-foot residential building on the lot burned down on June 20, 2012.

The city received a $200,000 government brownfields grant to clean up the site, as asbestos and lead paint have been found in the former garage, the foundation of the former house and the barn building.

The city took the property from the owner of Guay's in 2010 because of owed back taxes. It hopes to sell the property to a buyer who will develop it into a business.

"The cíty's longer-term goal for this site is to clean up the property and lay the groundwork for site re-development," said Dick Lewis, the city's planning and zoning director.

City officials, who were not sure when the barn was built, want to see it "deconstructed, recycled and re-used in a productive fashion," Lewis said. All cleanup work will be completed on the barn before it is removed from the site.

"Similar to other barns across the state, this structure could be rebuilt on another site, used in commercial or residential construction or renovation, or used for furniture making or similar craft products," said Lewis.

The city hopes to have the barn removed at no cost, and to have it removed no later than Dec. 15.

City Manager Elizabeth Dragon said the city wants to have the whole barn removed, but also said "pieces" of the barn could be attractive to an entrepreneur.

Responses to the request for proposals, which is posted on the city's website, are due by Sept. 16.

One inquiry has been made from town officials in Belmont, who may be interested in parts of the barn to use in building a new pavilion on the river, said Belmont Town Administrator K. Jeanne Beaudin, who wasn't sure if the town's selectmen would pursue the idea.

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