Buildings still free for the taking
Scott-Farrar farmhouse, cottage, barn still up for grabs
This home and barn at the corner of Elm Street and Evans Road will be torn down in July, unless the Peterborough Heritage Commission is successful in its hunt for someone willing to move buildings. (Staff photo by Dave Anderson) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
PETERBOROUGH — The cottage, farmhouse and barn on the corner of the Scott-Farrar property on Elm Street are still available to anyone interested in dismantling them, according to Scott-Farrar board member Eldon Munson.
The Scott-Farrar Home got approval last year to triple in size. Construction of the new 63-unit building is now scheduled to start this fall, and the old buildings must be removed to make way for the new structure.
The farmhouse was built around 1890 or 1900, according to Tyler Ward of the Peterborough Heritage Commission, who posted a notice on Craigslist in May offering the buildings for free to anyone who would take them away.
The cottage may have originally been part of the Farrar blacksmith shop.
“We got involved in a more lengthy hazardous abatement situation than we expected,” Munson said last week about the three buildings . “It’s primarily dealing with asbestos in old basements. It’s not particularly unusual or difficult. We’re just going by the full measure of the laws. Once all that’s done, we can say the buildings are clean.”
Munson said the asbestos abatement work won’t actually start until the end of July. And the construction schedule for the new facility has been pushed back due to other issues, he said, with work now most likely expected to start in October. That gives a little more time to deal with the old buildings.
“There is a strong candidate for taking on the cottage,” Munson said. “On the barn and the big house, there’s not as much interest.”
In May, after Ward had posted the Craigslist notice, a number of people expressed interest in the buildings, Munson said.
One prospective agreement fell through a few weeks later, but Munson said the Scott-Farrar board has been working through the list of people who’d responded to Ward.
“We’ll get the abatement done, then we’ll put on a final push. We’d still love to see new homes for those buildings,” Munson said.
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