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JAFFREY

District  tears down home

Property may be used  to expand school parking

  • The unoccupied house at 20 Charlonne St. was demolition Friday morning.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    The unoccupied house at 20 Charlonne St. was demolition Friday morning.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • The unoccupied house at 20 Charlonne St. was demolition Friday morning.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    The unoccupied house at 20 Charlonne St. was demolition Friday morning.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

  • The unoccupied house at 20 Charlonne St. was demolition Friday morning.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • The unoccupied house at 20 Charlonne St. was demolition Friday morning.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

JAFFREY — The unoccupied house at 20 Charlonne St., which is located behind the Jaffrey Grade School on School Street, was demolished Friday in preparation for the property’s future use by the Jaffrey-Rindge School District. District officials are still discussing possible uses, including additional parking for the elementary school, which school officials and staff say would help improve vehicular access on School Street.

The removal and demolition of the structure, disposal of all debris and the return of the property to a finished, graded surface will cost the district $16,500. At the Dec. 3 School Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to award its bid for structure demolition and site restoration to C & C Trucking. The School Board put the project out to bid in November and had seven responses from southern New Hampshire contractors. C & C Trucking of Jaffrey offered the lowest price, which was $16,500. The highest bid was from Black Oak Site and Contracting Corporation of Milford for $55,000.

The district has yet to make a final decision about how it will use the .267 acres at 20 Charlonne St., which abuts the Jaffrey Grade School’s 2.25 acres. One option discussed by Supt. Jim O’Neill at School Board meetings this fall was to enhance vehicular access at the elementary school site, which currently has limited parking.

Jaffrey Grade School, which is located on School Street, is just around the corner from one of the busiest intersections in town, where Route 202 merges into Main Street. A small parking lot behind the school for staff and administrators abuts Charlonne Street.

O’Neill told the Ledger-Transcript in October that he plans to set up a meeting with teachers, representatives of the community, the School Board and other stakeholders to discuss the best possible use of the newly acquired property after the demolition is complete.

Executive Assistant to O’Neill, Vivianne Rocheleau, said Thursday that the community will be kept up-to-date about the district’s plans via reports from the district’s Facilities Committee at future School Board meetings.

The district purchased the property at 20 Charlonne St. in mid-September for approximately $80,000. P. Edward and Mary Deschenes owned the land for a number of years before deeding it to Anne Deschenes. The town foreclosed on the property in June as a result of unpaid taxes and has owned it since that time, according to town office records.

In 2010, voters approved a warrant article that authorized the district to raise and appropriate up to $80,000 to acquire property adjoining the district’s schools and “make them ready for school use,” according to School Board meeting minutes from that time.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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