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Former Newfound medical office may become Bristol town offices

Union Leader Correspondent

August 08. 2018 11:17PM
The Town of Bristol has signed a purchase-and-sale agreement on the former Newfound Family Practice building. If voters endorse the deal, the town hopes to use it for municipal offices. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent)

BRISTOL — LRGHealthcare and the Town of Bristol have inked a purchase-and-sale agreement for property at 5 School St.

The two-story building and 0.661-acre lot that abuts Summer Street became surplus when LRGHealthcare relocated Newfound Family Practice to Westside Healthcare at Franklin Regional Hospital as part of cost-saving measures.

According to a prepared statement released by Bristol Town Administrator Nik Coates, voters will need to endorse the deal before it can be finalized.

Tentative plans call for the building to be used as municipal offices, easing the significant space crunch at the current Town Office Building at 230 Lake St.

The town plans to petition Grafton County Superior Court to seek authorization to hold a special town meeting this fall to vote on the proposed purchase. If the request is granted, public hearings will be scheduled to detail the proposal that could also benefit the police department.

Now headquartered in the existing town offices, the police department could take over the entire building, solving their own space woes, if townspeople endorse buying the School Street property.

The town has assessed the property at $45,200 and the building at $506,400, generating an annual tax bill of about $12,600.

Bristol selectmen and LRGHealthcare’s board of trustees both eye the potential sale as a mutually beneficial transaction.

“If the voters agree to move forward with the purchase of the Professional Building, it will be a big step in solving the town’s space needs challenges,” said Rick Alpers, who chairs the Bristol Board of Selectmen.

“We appreciate the Space Needs Committee having the foresight to identify the building as an ideal location for the future Town Office Building and thank LRGHealthcare for being great partners throughout the process,” he continued.

“LRGHealthcare is happy to work with the Bristol Select Board on this building sale. We are pleased to know that the building that for many years served the community as a health care resource will continue to do so in a new capacity,” said Kevin W. Donovan, president and CEO of LRGHealthcare.

Coates said the town will continue to retain Samyn D’Elia Architects of Ashland and Milestone Engineering of Concord, to assist in design, cost estimation and construction if voters give the project a green light.

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