Nashua VFW post gets OK to pursue old fire station
The Board of Aldermen rejected the regulation, which would have prevented the Nashua VFW from acquiring an old firehouse on Arlington Street near the Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School.
With a vote of 4-9, the proposed ordinance was denied by aldermen, but not before one of the board members — a veteran — spoke in support of the proposal.
However, Chasse stressed that the ordinance is really about curbing alcohol near schools, not about the VFW and its possible relocation. If there was a proposal to open Paul’s Sports Bar at the same site, Chasse maintained that aldermen would overwhelmingly vote in opposition.
The full board of aldermen also voted to indefinitely postpone the regulation, essentially killing the ordinance. Although city officials ultimately paved the way for the VFW to buy the old fire station, a VFW official said Monday that the acquisition could possibly be off the table if another location becomes available.
Alderman Dan Moriarty said he voted against the proposal because there is no history of problems that need to be solved, adding that the veterans deserve extra consideration.
Alderman Diane Sheehan, a co-sponsor of the proposal, said previously that if the VFW does acquire the old fire house, the city will essentially have a liquor license in a carpool lane.
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