Sep 19, 2014 5:55 PM

Tough Decision in Whether to Tear Down Durham Old Town Hall Building or Not

DURHAM, N.H. - Residents in Durham are torn over the fate of the Old Town Hall building.

The city built a new town hall building, but the old town hall is what's keeping the district on the National Register of Historic Places list. A developer has already purchased the lot at 15 Newmarket Road for $1.3 million and has plans to turn it into a pharmacy. Some residents are for the redevelopment and some are hoping for an alternative.

"Nothing would make me happier if an angel came forward and says somehow or other we can develop that site and keep the town hall there because that would serve both sides of the argument: the preservationists who want to see it saved and the people who want to see the tax breaks in hand," said Peter Stanhope, Chair of the Durham Historic District Commission.

The town council will meet Monday night to decide whether or not they want to redevelop the current building and find a new contractor who will work within that restriction or move forward with the demolition.


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