Claremont free to sell community center building
A probate judge says Claremont can sell old Goodwin Community Center. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)
CLAREMONT — With a decision from the probate court in hand, city officials can now move forward with plans to sell the defunct Goodwin Community Center on Broad Street.
The city currently has no use for the center complex, which includes structures built in the 1800s, 1950s and 1970s, with an indoor pool built in the 1950s and a 50-person function hall.
Santagate said he is happy the city was released from the trust binding the city to use the property and buildings for recreation.
The Claremont Savings Bank Community Center opened last year.
The Goodwin Community Center order was handed down by Probate Judge Elizabeth M. Leonard of the 5th Circuit Court Probate Division in Newport on May 16.
In 1943, Mrs. Goodwin gave the property and building to the city as well as $25,000 — on the condition the city establish and maintain a recreational center for residents known as the E. Charles Goodwin Recreational & Community Center.
She also ordered the city to establish a trust to be named the E. Charles Goodwin Recreational & Community Fund for the purpose of maintaining and improving the city’s recreational facilities, and programs and activities that benefit Claremont residents.
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