39 West Main Will Get Wrecking Ball

The Historical Commission voted that the building at 39 W. Main St. is not historically significant.

Without delay, the town has the go-ahead to knock down the building at 39 West Main St.

The Historical Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday night that the structure is not considered "historically significant."

When demolition of a structure in town is requested, and the structure is more than 100 years old, the Historical Commission is required to vote on its significance, and then make suggestions to the owner based on its findings. If it is deemed significant, this automatically institutes a delay on the demolition of 180 days.

The town, which took ownership of the condemned property through foreclosure, requested the demolition of the building on Oct. 2.

According to records, the original structure at 39 W. Main St. was built in 1898, originally a residence and converted to a commercial property in 1945.

The Historical Commission voted unanimously that the building is "not historically significant," and also voted to allow immediate demolition. 

"Overall, it has lost much of its integrity," said Normand Corbin, chair of the commission.

Brian Smith, board member, added, "It doesn't represent any period of architecture in town that we are familiar with and no one has come forward about it."

In a letter to the commission, Town Administrator said the property is "structurally unsound" and the "town plans to demolish this as soon as possible."

Letters to the commission indicated that the town hoped to remove the building while construction is underway for the Downtown Improvement Project.

The recommendations to the town from the Historical Commission will include salvaging any valuable beams or boards from the interior, a well as keeping any new property there "within the historical nature of the town."

Colleen Baldelli October 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Agreed with Carolyn, one eyesore gone! I certainly hope the town will consider green space, a nice park for many to enjoy would be great. Some sort of a center common with plantings, trees, benches. Please no more vacant strip mall office buildings!
Robert Norgard October 15, 2012 at 01:25 PM
What ever is decided must be something to bring people back to our town center
Twitterpated October 15, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Now to remove the former gas station opposite Dunkin Donuts
C&P October 15, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Hmmmm. This is the 2nd downtown property that Norman Corbin recommended for demolition(first was the property at church and Pierce.....soon to be another bank!). So much for him being on the Historic Commission......We desperately need to PRESERVE what we have left downtown. I really find it hard to believe 39 West Main St could not be saved for some purpose. Green space downtown? There is a half utilized park on South St just out of the center last I checked. This sounds like it is being rushed through, without residents having any input on saving/demolishing.......all so it can get done while downtown is being renovated...........Funny, the $$$$$$$$ for the demo was pushed through the appropriation committee($30k).....fact....check their minutes online......but I have YET to see it discussed by the Selectmen.......$$$$$ appropriated before town board approval? Am I off base on this issue of "scorched earth" in the downtown area??
A.D. October 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Unfortunately, I haven't seen Northborough really put much thought into preserving or beautifying the downtown area. They missed an opportunity while putting in their new concrete sidewalks by NOT putting down brick. Cracks won't take long to form. The leased building by Boost is HORRENDOUS looking (and vacant too). Towns all around us have cuter downtown areas and landscaping too. CVS seems to be the only business that puts in landscaping and maintains it (somewhat).


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