Claremont to negotiate $1 sale of historic Sawtooth Building
The nonprofit plans to renovate the 10,000-square foot building into a makerspace, which is a community-operated workspace where artists, hobbyists and entrepreneurs can come together to create, socialize and collaborate in a shared space with shared equipment.
The original building was used as a forge shop known as the Sullivan Machinery Company and was constructed in 1902, with additions in 1907 and 1911.
City officials had planned at one point to tear the building down to create a parking garage, but the state Historic Preservation office said the building had characteristics that qualified it for the National Register of Historic Places.
However the new owners would have to spend another $250,000 to $350,000 in interior renovations, she said.
The building is called the Sawtooth building because of the slanted windows on the roof.
Merrill said city officials plan to return to City Council Aug. 13 for approval of the negotiated deal.
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