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Asking price of historic home in Chesterfield is $1

Union Leader Correspondent

October 22. 2017 10:35PM

CHESTERFIELD — In a bid to save a historic building that once housed the town offices, the Board of Selectmen is offering the 3,000-square-foot building for $1 — and a good plan.

Jeff Scott brought the idea to the board in recent weeks after board members discussed bringing a warrant article to voters this spring asking if the building should be razed.

The board approved the idea, and since putting up a sign outside the building last week, Scott said he has received 30 calls about the property. The home needs repairs and refurbishment to be brought up to code, he added.

The two-story house on Route 63 sits in the center of town and is believed to have been built around 1845 as a private home.

The town purchased the property for office space in 1980 and used it up until eight years ago when it moved into a newly constructed building nearby.

The building is historic and would be sorely missed if it were razed or otherwise removed from the town center, Scott said.

“It’s the old Joni Mitchell song — ‘You pave paradise and put up a parking lot.’”

“It’s part of the fabric of the town and it’s got some great architecture inside and outside and it would be a shame to lose it,” Scott said.

Scott has been working with other volunteers, Barbara Girs and Ronald Rzasa, cleaning up the inside of the building.

The small group of volunteers aimed at re-purposing the house have already met with the proprietors of the Harrisville General Store for ideas on how to keep an old historic building in use.

Scott said he would like to see a bakery, general store or child care center located in the building. It could also be used as a residence, he said.

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