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April 2, 2014

Windham planners to hear appeal to save granite foundation

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“This is a piece of our cultural history,” Pynn said.

The developer previously told the Planning Board it could be costly to place the driveway elsewhere on site and could force the removal of trees, she said.

“If you have to do that to preserve a piece of Windham history, do it,” Pynn said. “Trees grow back.”

Some Planning Board members do seem interested in preserving the foundation.

Planning Board member Pam Skinner, during a meeting in March, asked engineer Joe Maynard if the driveway could be reconfigured. Maynard told Skinner he can’t say what a buyer might do.

Chairwoman Kristi St. Laurent asked Maynard if it would be possible to save some of the granite rocks from the foundation on site.

Maynard told her that a note could be added to plans that would say so.

Pynn acknowledges the foundation has not been placed on the town’s cultural and historic resource lists, but believes it should be.

“It doesn’t matter,” Pynn said. “This is a newly discovered resource.”

The property, though in the earliest settled part of town, is outside the historic district, so the commission is not in position to force a meeting of its own with the developer.

“All you can do is beg and plead,” Pynn said.

The Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. in the Community Development offices, 3 North Lowell Road.

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