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November 12, 2012

Sober house may be eyeing college campus

Residents raise concerns


“It may,” Rowell said.

He’s also unsure what he would like to see replace the college.

“I don’t think it’s zoned for business. That’s a residential area,” he said. “I don’t see how they can put a business in there.”

The Douglas Hall property on the campus has sold and a proposal is forthcoming soon for a zoning variance to allow a retail use, said Chris Norwood, who is marketing the property for NAI Norwood Group of Bedford.

Michelle Stein said she is relocating her Bittersweet Blessings shop, specializing in antiques and primative art, from Derry Road to Douglas Hall.

“We have done well in our little shop and I think it will be lovely in the heart of Chester,” Stein said.

The project will be before the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Nov. 27, she said.

The campus property is still being actively marketed. In September, Norwood said there had been more than a dozen parties that had expressed interest in the campus property. Since then, there have been new inquires, he said.

Norwood has been unable to disclose the identities of would-be buyers because they have requested their interest remain confidential for now.

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