VFW still eyeing old Crown Hill fire station in Nashua for new home
"We really need a home. We have been homeless since last April," said Barry Palmer, commander of the Nashua VFW Post 483.
An informational neighborhood meeting has been planned for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School for anyone wishing to discuss the matter. Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Alderman June Caron, Ward 7, are expected to attend, in addition to VFW officers.
The building will likely need about $100,000 or even $200,000 in renovations, according to Palmer, who said the VFW would be extremely grateful if elected officials supported donating the property.
Postcards were recently distributed to students at the school, which notified parents about the upcoming meeting and encouraged them to attend.
It also prompted a proposed city ordinance that would have banned establishments from serving alcohol close to city schools, although that regulation was ultimately denied by the Board of Aldermen.
Both she and Alderman Lori Wilshire said earlier that they could not support the VFW being housed at the vacant fire station if liquor was served so close to students. If a liquor license wasn't granted, that would be a different situation, they agreed.
"It is not targeting anyone. It is keeping our kids safe," Wilshire said at the time. "I don't think it is a good idea to have a liquor license that close to a school, and it doesn't matter who it is."
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