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A Novel Cafe

Postby cozmo on Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:26 pm

I heard A Novel Cafe was being sold to IRA Toyota, does anyone have any info on this?
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby elfling8 on Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:40 pm

Great - more cars and lights across Main from us. Personally I preferred coffee and books. Curious to hear if this is true.
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby Little Willie on Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:38 am

It is true but I believe there was a restriction in the deed for a few years to give the town a chance to save and move the house??? That lot will eventually become a strip of asphalt. Sad.....
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby cozmo on Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:13 am

Efling If I were you and lived that close I would call one of the Selectmen to find out if they knew what was planned for that lot.
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby dougsears on Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:40 am

There are two plans being looked at now, to my knowledge.

One -- to swap some town owned land at the rear of the parking lot for the site with the Pike House on it -- allowing it to be preserved on site.
Two -- to move it to the site of the old Police Station -- something that would cost around $250K.

Other ideas are welcome ....
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby moretpani on Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:10 am

Pave over it.
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby GuitarTeacher on Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:31 am

dougsears wrote:There are two plans being looked at now, to my knowledge.

One -- to swap some town owned land at the rear of the parking lot for the site with the Pike House on it -- allowing it to be preserved on site.
Two -- to move it to the site of the old Police Station -- something that would cost around $250K.

Other ideas are welcome ....


I like option 2, provided we have a way to fund it reasonably. If not, then option 1.
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby moretpani on Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:46 am

The town does not have 250K to throw away.
Maybe you can move your music business to that building; I think it would be a perfect fit.

Like a mini conservatory.
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby ShaunG on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:41 am

If you move it, now what do you do with it?
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby melli_fera on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:52 am

We've already seen so many historical structures torn down in this town in the last 3 years. I hope we find a way to preserve this one. Hopefully the historical commission is writing grant proposals to everyplace they can.
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby swamper on Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:04 am

IMO, option 1 is better. I would think it would be extremely difficult to move intact when you're dealing with power lines, etc. on Rt. 38. Plus the old police station site IMO, is not large enough to accommodate/do this beautiful building justice....it's like sticking it on a postage stamp surrounded by a swamp. Option 2 may be better served....why couldn't IRA move their "office facilities" into the building thus preserving it onsite and still have the room for expansion? It would be a great way to "class up" their waiting area as well! :wink:
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby Tewksbury2001 on Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:15 am

I love that building but our tax dollars should not be involved with this. Let's fix up the schools first.
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby GuitarTeacher on Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:51 am

moretpani wrote:The town does not have 250K to throw away.
Maybe you can move your music business to that building; I think it would be a perfect fit.

Like a mini conservatory.


I dare to dream! Don't think I haven't thought of it!!! How great would that be?! Now if I only had the $$ ;-)

The Pike House is a part of our history. I agree we can't just pony up $250k with our town expenses the way they are right now to move it. It seems that fiscally the first option is the best one. I disagree with your "pave it over" comment.

Is it official that it has sold? Does the town own it, IRA or Mr. Ginsberg?
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby GuitarTeacher on Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:52 am

melli_fera wrote:We've already seen so many historical structures torn down in this town in the last 3 years. I hope we find a way to preserve this one. Hopefully the historical commission is writing grant proposals to everyplace they can.


My sentiments as well.
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Re: A Novel Cafe

Postby Little Willie on Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:11 pm

Doug,what about CPA funds; then use it as some sort of town offices?? Can CPA funds be used for something like this and does it make fiscal sense??
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