Windham considers future of Campbell Farm property
During the Aug. 25 selectmen meeting, many town officials agreed that the home’s longtime resident should be allowed to remain on the property as a tenant, though they acknowledged the site’s natural landscape is more valuable than the home.
Sullivan said it’s unclear now whether the town would retain the site’s home, which needs renovations.
Voters at the March polls approved the $860,000 purchase of the 137 Kendall Pond Road property, with 2,031 in favor and 1,340 opposed.
“We really haven’t had to deal with something like this before,” Morris said.
Morris said the home’s longtime tenant has lived on the property for about 25 years. “It makes sense to have her stay here and not leave that farmhouse vacant,” he added.
“Obviously, if we were to go that route we’d feel very strongly about maintaining its history and making sure that home never gets torn down,” Morris added.
Selectman Roger Hohenberger said the question of the farmhouse was initially raised during the development of last year’s town warrant.
“If this house isn’t lived in, it could deteriorate very quickly,” Desilets said.
“We need to work out something mutually beneficial to the town,” Letizio said.
“I supported this land acquisition from the beginning, but I don’t see (the town) in the business of having a house,” McLeod said.
“If we could get some money back towards the purchase bond, that would be a good thing,” he added.
“I’d love to see trails though through the fields, down through the woods and over by Beaver Brook,” he told selectmen.
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