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Apr 8, 2016 10:02 AM

Former Homestead Restaurant in Conway slated for demolition, community reacts


CONWAY - Plans to tear down a historic building that dates back to the 1790s has upset many people in Conway who took to print and social media to express their dismay.

“It is with great sadness that the news of the possible demolishment of the historic Homestead Restaurant was received,” Jane Lasselle wrote to the Conway Daily Sun.

Lasselle, who is regent of the Anna Stickney Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, said the building, which is now vacant but most recently housed the Homestead Restaurant, was build by Amos Barnes in 1792.

On Facebook, commenter Bella Monna suggested it ought to be “criminal to demolish something so steeped in history.”

Others on Facebook, like Dave Klinch, took the side of the property owner. "...[E]ven though you did nothing to purchase or preserve it, that you think the sale should be stopped because, you know, you don’t like it,” he wrote.

The planning board meets next Thursday at 7 p.m. at Conway Town Hall. A new auto parts store has been proposed for construction Fram Real Estate Investment Co. in place of the Homestead Restaurant building on White Mountain Highway.


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