These folks have one of the lowest tax rates in New Hampshire. You don’t have to live in a dump to have low taxes. See the whole description here.
It’s amazing to me, as I travel around the state, how many small towns have modern, adequate town offices. Keeping the dead hulk in the center of town has become an obsession for some – while I don’t necessarily favor bulldozing it, I think that if we had an adequate facility for town business it would quickly become clear that demolition was the most cost-effective option – which is why a “free the prisoners of BMH” approach can’t pass. Moving Pat Waterman and the others to an adequate facility would expose BMH for what it really is.
There is that risk, but there are other possibilities. Alex Ray and the Common Family have been looking at the place, presumably to do something like the Flying Monkey in Plymouth. There’s also the idea that a preservation trust could be established to try and attract private money, grants, or an arts tenant like the Currier Museum.
Another approach would be to leave the clock tower, establish a small “Brewster Museum” at ground level with a well done architectural model of the original building. Then make a park out of the rest.
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