Owners tell Gilford that Kimball Castle will be fenced in, not torn down
Because the 1897 structure has fallen into disrepair and is potentially dangerous, selectmen have given the Jodoin family an order to raze the castle or fence it by the end of this month.
At a hearing on the castle's future Wednesday, selectmen reiterated their opposition to the town buying the castle. But those in attendance were given news about the castle's appraised value, which is lower than the owners' asking price of $799,000. The town was given a discount to $700,000 if it wished to buy the castle and its acreage.
The wildlife fund group has about $200,000 saved toward buying and restoring the castle, but Dunn said the castle's owners have not shown any willingness to come down from their asking price.
"We believe we could raise the additional funds if a plan can be put together," McGonagle said.
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