Per Alan Earl's update in the recent Franklin Observer about the proposed demolition of the carriage house at 201 Main St:
"After some more comments from Kelly and questions and comments from commissioners, the chair, Mary Olsson, asked for and received a motion to close the hearing. She then asked for a motion to approve the demolition. The motion was duly made and seconded and each commissioner, including the chair then voted and all voted no.That vote sets the clock ticking on a one year delay, after which, the Archdiocese will be free to bulldoze the site if it hasn't found another alternative to demolition in the meantime."
Per email with Mary Olsson to clarify the "No" vote, she responded
"Sadly the only power we have is to delay the demolition of a building for one year. In that time we hope that the owner would come up with some alternative to bulldozing the building.
After the one year, they can do as they please. In the case of the carriage house, because of it's historic significance and certainly it's uniqueness, there will be some effort to save the building one way or another.
But you are correct, it's 'no' for now, but eventually 'yes' if they so choose.
The meeting agenda (originally scheduled for Feb 22, then rescheduled at last minute to March 8) https://www.franklinmatters.org/2023/02/reminder-historical-commission.html
The Franklin Observer article -> https://franklinobserver.town.news/g/franklin-town-ma/n/148401/demolition-carriage-house-denied-historical-commission
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