By Michael J. DeCicco
DIGHTON — A household built in 1790 that city historians desired preserved will before long be demolished.
The profitable bidder in the auction to purchase the Captain James Briggs Dwelling at 949 Somerset Ave. has altered his mind about pursuing the town’s intention in just the ask for for proposals that the construction be moved to a different home.
As a consequence, town officials will have to demolish a historic household they experienced hoped would basically be relocated instead than wrecked.
Building commissioner James Aguiar claimed to the selectmen on Dec. 2 that the bidder has determined to abandon options to repurpose the constructing “right after cautiously figuring fees and logistics.”
Aguiar claimed he will do the job with the Freeway Department to system the demolition. But to start with he will eliminate as many critical items as attainable from the historic dwelling.
“I’m quite unhappy,” Selectman Kenneth Pacheco mentioned just after getting the lone board member to vote against approving the demolition plan subsequent Aguiar’s presentation.
“As trustee of the Dighton Historic Modern society,” he stated, “I have an interest in protecting old properties in town. I am opposed to tearing it down like this on theory.”
The household, which was designed in 1790 by Dighton sea captain James Briggs, abuts town corridor, and equally the residence and the land it sits on are owned by the city. The Dighton Historical Fee experienced voted final year that the Briggs Home be “if possible preserved,” and it aggressively searched for any person to shift the household to a different spot.
The March 2019 City Meeting approved paying for the property but voted versus renovating the residence itself simply because of the pricey repairs wanted to make it reusable. The town final yr turned down paying out $60,000 to switch the roof and renovate the interior.
Selectmen Chairman Brett Zografos spelled out the auction sale was basically a package deal with the need that the household be moved. The city now gets to keep the non-refundable bid offer you, he stated.
But, now that the bidder has backed out, the town must abide by as a result of on demolishing the setting up to make home for ideas for that parcel of land that consist of a group back garden.
The demolition, he predicted, will transpire “as shortly as feasible.”
“The group garden required to crack ground just before the wintertime. We did want to see it moved. It is unfortunate to see we are not going to moving that home,” Zografos claimed.
“We designed an massive exertion. We’re all unfortunate that it didn’t function out.”
Zografos explained renovation ideas for the Briggs House stalled mainly because “there was no consensus on what it could be utilized for. No just one had a fantastic strong program for its reuse.”