Oct 28, 2014 4:04 PM

Historic Concord, NH, home could be demolished for parking spaces


Concord's Historic Commission said the clock is running out for 11 Blake St. The two-family home stands today, but could be leveled in just a few short weeks.

"To say that this is a unique historical building, I think is a stretch," said Phenix Insurance President, Rolf Gesen.

It was built in the 19th century and potentially just days away from demolition.

"We actually own that building, we bought it back in 1991 with the intent to take that building down and make parking spaces," said Gesen.

Phenix Mutual, a fire insurance company, wants to level the home for 10 additional employee spaces. The president said if he doesn't get more employee parking, he'll have to take the company and the 10 new positions for hire, elsewhere.

The Concord Heritage Commission is working with Phenix to change their minds about demolition.

"A couple of options came up," said Phil Donovan, Chair of the Commission. "The first was that there is a parking garage not too far away, it's a public parking garage and I think that some people were a little reluctant to using that. We talked to them about the possibility about renting spaces form the church across the street and those kind of things so we're looking for different alternatives."

Reluctant to their other options, Phenix still has their eyes on 11 Blake St.

"I have to weigh my desire to restore the historic integrity of Downtown Concord with also my goal as a businessman and looking out for my associates," said Gesen.

A Phenix employee told NH1 news that there is only 24 people in the Pleasant Street building, that they still would like to have parking on Blake.


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