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April 2, 2014

Windham planners to hear appeal to save granite foundation

WINDHAM — Town residents are fighting to save a centuries-old foundation on Range Road they say deserves preservation as a community landmark.

The Planning Board is expected to hear their pleas during a public hearing tonight.

Father and daughter Fred and Lyndsee Halloran are leading the campaign to save the granite foundation near the corner of Range and Langdon Roads.

It’s on land at 163 and 165 Range Road, where property owner Hy-Rize Holdings LLC is proposing a lot line adjustment to accommodate future home development.

Representatives of Hy-Rize have already appeared before the Planning Board.

Fred Halloran, a next-door neighbor, said Hy-Rize plans to put a driveway where the foundation stands.

“We have no problems with houses going up,” Halloran said.

But in researching the history of the property and the foundation, the Hallorans learned it dates at least to the early 1800s. It may have been the site of Windham’s first framed house, and was home to an early settler John Waddell and a long-time selectman of the 1800s, George Cobb.

“I thought that was pretty cool,” Halloran said.

Halloran is hoping the Planning Board will be able to convince the developer to find a way around that foundation.

“I’d like to see the foundation left with a historical marker,” Halloran said. “If they can move the driveway somewhere else, so be it.”

The Hallorans expect to have a group of town residents accompany them to the meeting to speak for preservation of the foundation.

They also have the support of Carol Pynn, a member of the Heritage Commission who has fought to preserve historic properties before.

Pynn commends the Hallorans for their efforts.

“They have done an unbelievable amount of research,” Pynn said.

She maintains the foundation absolutely should be preserved because of the archaeological value of the site, as well as its connections to town founders and historic figures.

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