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Sneak peek inside old stone barn in Peterborough 

  • Residents turned out to a open house at the Old Stone Barn in Peterborough on Saturday, to learn more about a proposed condo development and farm planned for the property. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Residents turned out to a open house at the Old Stone Barn in Peterborough on Saturday, to learn more about a proposed condo development and farm planned for the property. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Residents turned out to a open house at the Old Stone Barn in Peterborough on Saturday, to learn more about a proposed condo development and farm planned for the property. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Residents turned out to a open house at the Old Stone Barn in Peterborough on Saturday, to learn more about a proposed condo development and farm planned for the property. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Residents turned out to a open house at the Old Stone Barn in Peterborough on Saturday, to learn more about a proposed condo development and farm planned for the property. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Residents turned out to a open house at the Old Stone Barn in Peterborough on Saturday, to learn more about a proposed condo development and farm planned for the property. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Residents turned out to a open house at the Old Stone Barn in Peterborough on Saturday, to learn more about a proposed condo development and farm planned for the property. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 08, 2018 4:29PM

Dozens of people toured the stone barn at 63 Old Street Road in Peterborough Saturday, getting a look inside the building and a sense of the project proposed for the property during an open house.

The barn, built in 1912 to house cattle and horses, hasn’t been used for its original purpose since the 1950s or 60s. It is currently proposed to be renovated as part of a 32-unit condo development and working farm, under an “agrihood” model. Some of the condo units will be built in the barn itself, and some in new construction to the rear and sides of the building. The plan also includes using the stone barn property for farmland, which will be managed by a farmer who will live one of the condo units.

The barn itself will be made into 14 units, plus a cafe. An addition will be constructed off the back of the barn, where once there was a building, for another three units. The other 13 units will be in three new buildings in back of the barn. The plan also includes three carports.

The property is about 32 acres, the front five acres of which will be used for the condo development and farm. For now the remaining land, which is a mix of forest and wetlands, will be untouched.

Erin Newhardt of Wilton said she came to the open house Saturday mostly to get a peak inside the building.

“I have loved this building for years and always wanted to come inside,” she said. Newhardt said she knew very little about the project before attending the open house, but after hearing more about the concept, she was in support.

“I can’t wait to come get a cup of coffee here,” she said.

Susan Peterson of Jaffrey said she is interested in purchasing one of the condos set to be built in the barn, and came for more information, saying she is attracted to the agrihood concept.

“I love that idea. I think Peterborough and the surrounding towns need more of this,” she said.

“That’s why so many of us live around here,” agreed Pat Russell of Hancock, who said she was also in favor of the concept. “To be around green space and agriculture. This fits that idea.”

The project’s leader, Amelia Tracey, has envisioned that in addition to devoting a portion of the property to farming, that the condos will be “green” in other ways, including making use of solar power, and highly efficient heating and cooling units.

Sadie Halliday, a realtor with the Bean Group, who was there educating visitors about the proposed condo project, said there has been a large amount of interest in the project from those who want to live on the farm. Already, she said, 11 people have reserved units.

“The response has been overwhelming,” Halliday said.

In preliminary meetings with the Planning Board, project developers have proposed the condo units would be between 600 and 1,400 square feet, and cost between $250,00 and $440,000.

Before any construction can begin, though, the project must first obtain a conditional use permit from the Peterborough Planning Board for exceeding the number of allowed residential units in a single building and encroachment in the wetland protection overlay zone.

Because the cafe is a commercial enterprise, developers must also commit to extending a sewer line down Old Street Road to service the property, in order to be zoned in the Traditional Neighborhood overlay district, which would allow the operation of a cafe.

The development was set to officially begin the Planning Board process on Monday, though Tracey said she expected the first meeting to be only administrative, to accept the application and schedule the Planning Board’s first official site walk of the property, scheduled for Oct. 15 at 5 p.m.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244.